Liverpool’s “target” transfer is “agreed” to by Arsenal, and the $21 million player Klopp admires is “wanted.”

Liverpool rivals round-up: Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are hoping to make a big splash this summer in the transfer market and could ‘beat’ the Reds to a signing.

Although the context of the previous season means that Manchester United and Newcastle also fell into that category, Arsenal is one of the clubs that Liverpool will need to overhaul if it is to be in Premier League title contention again.

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Few anticipated a decline as severe as the one Liverpool endured, and even fewer anticipated the Gunners’ improvement under Mikel Arteta, where they ultimately finished second behind Manchester City.

The Evening Standard says, among other things, that Arsenal is looking to finalize a double deal for Declan Rice and Kai Havertz soon. The two players are expected to cost over $200 million (roughly £160 million/€185 million) combined to buy from West Ham and Chelsea, respectively.

How much will those two players strengthen Arsenal’s squad over the players they had last year? Havertz has talent but hasn’t yet worked in England, so it’s a large investment and a big bet. Rice is good, but under pressure to produce immediate and significant results at a cost of about $125 million.

Starting with Arsenal, Liverpool.com scans the other major clubs in the Premier League and around Europe to see what news is circulating there.

Arsenal has ‘verbal agreement’ for Liverpool ‘target’

 

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This summer, Mikel Arteta is not playing around with his spending.

While Rice and Havertz are key objectives for the summer (though it is unclear whether they will assist close the gap to Manchester City), there may be further acquisitions in addition to those two.

Roméo Lavia reportedly has a “verbal agreement” with Arsenal to transfer from Southampton to the Emirates Stadium after the Saints were demoted, according to Football Insider.

According to the source, Arsenal has risen above Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United in the race to sign the 19-year-old youngster as a consequence of conversations with the player’s team, with a fee of about $64 million (£50 million/€58 million) being mooted.

Lavia is undoubtedly a talented player, but if Liverpool were to pursue him, it would have to be as a longer-term project, with a few more proven midfielders (one of whom is the recently acquired Alexis Mac Allister) to have a more noticeable influence right away.

Lavia is highly talented, but there’s a reason Manchester City let him to depart last summer for only $15 million (£12 million/€14 million), as they didn’t think he was quite ready for the top level of the game.

Crystal Palace ‘targets’ a player Liverpool ‘likes’

The Athletic believes that Crystal Palace is attempting to get an advantage in the competition to recruit Torino defender Perr Schuurs while Liverpool is looking to add a center-back this summer.

The 23-year-old Schuurs was reportedly coveted by both Liverpool and Newcastle United this summer, according to the Italian website Calciomercato, which indicated a valuation of $21 million (£16 million/€19 million) at the time. Jürgen Klopp is said to be a fan.

Since his 2022 transfer from Ajax to Serie A, Schuurs has made an impression. Marc Guéhi or Joachim Andersen could leave Crystal Palace this summer due to interest from Tottenham and Newcastle, respectively.

According to Liverpool.com, Schuurs has been associated with the club for some time, but it’s unclear whether he’s quite at the level where the Reds would be interested. He is obviously good, but moving to Anfield from Torino would be a significant step up, so it could make more sense to test his abilities with a lower-tier Premier League team first.

 

 

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