Disappointing: Liverpool transfer news as Chelsea ‘beats Jürgen Klopp to $16m move’ and 41-goal teen ‘wanted’

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Liverpool transfer news: The Reds ‘expressed an interest’ in an exciting young wonderkid before Chelsea sealed a deal, while FSG is now ‘very keen’ on a raid.

Any day soon, Liverpool’s summer might start to pick up steam. Since Alexis Mac Allister’s confirmation, there haven’t been any significant updates, but as pre-season approaches, there will be a greater urgency to complete the task at hand.

The July 8 return date is obviously not a strict deadline. Last summer at this time, Liverpool had successfully completed all of its business, but Jürgen Klopp has already acknowledged that some deals will take longer this summer due to a variety of complications.

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The European U21 Championships is one of them. But now that the group stages are completed, it will be over in a little more than a week. Ryan Gravenberch and Micky van de Ven, two potential targets, have already been stopped. That can imply that in the upcoming days, their predicament will become clearer.

Liverpool hasn’t, however, been sitting around doing nothing while waiting for the tournament in Romania and Georgia to end. It is said to have ‘expressed interest’ in a Brazilian wonderkid, while FSG is rumored to be’really keen’ on swiping another young player from one of Klopp’s former clubs.

Here is Extrasoccernews’s assessment on the transfer rumors that have been swirling around the Reds lately.

Ângelo Gabriel (Santos)

Ângelo Gabriel of Santos

The newest wonderkid from Santos, Angelo Gabriel, is reportedly close to joining Chelsea. The 18-year-old is the most sought-after new product to come off the assembly line that produced Neymar.

The Athletic reported yesterday that Chelsea’s $16 million (£13 million/€15 million) offer has been accepted. The winger will be immediately loaned out to Strasbourg, the team Todd Boehly and the ownership group recently acquired.

However, 90MIN asserts that Liverpool was just one of many Premier League bidders. Along with Newcastle and Nottingham Forest, the Reds ‘expressed an interest’ in the deal, but Chelsea ultimately prevailed.

According to Extrasoccernews.com, this would have been a very uncharacteristic action for FSG. Liverpool has been quite eager to sign young players while in its care, but it has showed a significant predilection for those who have already established careers in Europe. It is thought to lower the dangers involved.

To compete with the teams with the highest budgets, it may be necessary to modify this plan and take additional risks. Teams like Brighton are demonstrating the advantages of tapping other markets while young players already playing in a big-five league often have enormous price tags placed on their heads.

Angelo Gabriel could have been an interesting first venture into uncharted waters, but Chelsea appears to have prevailed.

Nelson Weiper (Mainz)

Nelson Weiper

In keeping with the pattern of hiring young players, Liverpool is rumored to be interested in a teenager from the Bundesliga.

Nelson Weiper of Mainz has reportedly been the subject of “more than two years” of tracking by Liverpool, according to Bild. Since joining Liverpool, this would be Klopp’s first attack on his former team.

He has excelled in a few cameo appearances for the first squad and has been productive at the youth level (41 goals in 39 games over the past three seasons). He is estimated to be worth roughly $22m (£17m/€20m) by Mainz.

For someone with such little senior experience, Extrasoccernews.com says that would be a high price to pay, underscoring the European premium that FSG regularly pays under its existing business model. On the other side, it also highlights what a steal Mac Allister was, as he only cost little more than that despite being an experienced Premier League midfielder and a World Cup champion.

Putting price aside, it’s still a fascinating connection. Without a doubt, Klopp has kept tabs on his past teams, and Weiper does appear to be a huge talent. Unlike Chelsea, Liverpool cannot send him to a subsidiary club right away to continue his development, therefore the most likely scenario is that FSG continues to keep an eye on him in Mainz for the time being.

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