Liverpool news round-up: versatile defender on radar, club face rivalry, Argentine targeted

Liverpool keen on 22-year-old Liga NOS versatile defender

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on signing 22-year-old Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo, according to the Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola.

The young left-back has a €60 million release (buy-out) clause in his deal and after watching him in the latest weeks, the Reds are interested in bringing Grimaldo to the Premier League, though at a much lower cost.

Spain U21 international plays mainly as a left full-back, meaning if Alex is to make the switch to Anfield, he will be in direct rivalry with in-form Andy Robertson, with Spaniard Alberto Moreno likely moving on.

It is reported that Liverpool may make an offer lower than his €60 million exit sum in an attempt to understand how much the Liga NOS giants want Alex Grimaldo to stay.

Alex has been tracked by both Manchester United and Manchester City in the past but has never made the switch to England. After impressing extremely in Portugal, this could finally be his opportunity to switch to the Premier League.

This season, in all competitions (Liga NOS, Champions League, Taça de Portugal Placard, Taça CTT, Supertaça), Alex Grimaldo has made 37 appearances, netted 1 goal and provided 5 assists.

Liverpool face stiff rivalry from Premier League for Englishman

Liverpool are set to face tough competition from their the EPL rivals Manchester United for the landing of Nottingham Forest youngster Matthew Bondswell upcoming summer, according to sports TV channel ESPN.

The full-back has been in good form for the club’s Under-18s current season and has also prospered on the international arena, playing an important role for England at youth rank.

Nottingham Forest are interested in keeping Matthew Bondswell among their ranks but have struggled to agree on a professional contract with the exciting young left-back.

As a result, the Reds and Manchester United are both claimed to be keen on moving for the player and feel that the club can get respective deals over the line.

The Anfield side will feel that they have the upper hand over the Red Devils in their pursuit of Matthew, due to the fact that defender was a fan of the club when he was growing up.

With Bondswell being just 16-years-old, it looks like that he would move into the Under-18 team for the Reds if he does indeed make the huge switch.

Liverpool to make summer move for EPL £70,000-a-week star

Liverpool are keen on signing West Ham United attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini as Jurgen Klopp looks to finally sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, according to the Daily Mirror.

Klopp failed to land another playmaker following Coutinho’s big-money switch to Barcelona throughout the January transfer market after deciding to wait until the summer to chase his targets.

The Reds manager is now pressing ahead with his transfer plans, and the Daily Mirror state Liverpool have a long-standing interest in landing Lanzini from West Ham United.

The Anfield side have been strongly connected with Lyon star Nabil Fekir in the latest weeks, but the newspaper says Manuel is also a target as Jurgen lines-up a formal swoop for the South American.

Lanzini joined West Ham United on loan from Al Jazira Club in 2015 and did enough throughout his first campaign in the Premier League to earn a permanent move to the London Stadium the following year.

The Argentine midfielder netted five goals and provided six assists last campaign to help West Ham United secure their top-flight status for one more year, and his stunning form could now earn him a blockbuster switch to Anfield.