Liverpool transfer round-up: Jurgen Klopp targets Barcelona duo but handed Haaland blow

The Jamuary transfer window is now underway and with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita all heading of to the African Cup of Nations, Jurgen Klopp may need to act

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Liverpool started off 2022 with a 2-2 draw in their crunch match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but the two goal scorers, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will now be unavailable.

The African stars will now jet off to Cameroon to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations throughout January, leaving Liverpool light in attack following injuries to Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.

Covid cases elsewhere have also left them light, and with Liverpool trailing Premier League leaders Manchester City by 11 points, they may have to turn to the transfer market if they wish to keep chase.

Ibrahima Konate was Jurgen Klopp’s only summer signing which has teased fans that it may be a busier January, and with director Michael Edwards leaving at the end of the season, he has one final window to leave his mark.

Here Mirror Football brings you all the latest surrounding transfers at Liverpool.

Erling Haaland speaks out

Erling Haaland has confirmed his intention to play his football in Spain

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Erling Haaland, along with the rest of the Premier League.

It’s been widely reported that the Borussia Dortmund star could be set to leave this summer for just £70m due to a clause in his contract, but it appears that his destination may now be Barcelona or Real Madrid, after his latest admission.

And it seems that Madrid may have won the race, as Spanish outlet Diario AS claims Haaland told a group of locals in Marbella when he was approached and asked about his future: “I will play here, in Spain.”

To add fuel to the fire, when speaking about Haaland last month, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “The only thing I know is that Real Madrid are very interested in his signing. I could name you other 25 teams, but I know for a fact that Madrid are interested.”

Ronald Araujo tipped

Ronald Araujo has been linked with a move to Liverpool

Barcelona recently announced the £55m signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City, but with the Catalan club still in financial difficulties, they may need to offload some of their stars to balance the books.

Defender Ronald Araujo has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool, as although the Uruguayan has become a regular starter, El Nacional claims that concerns over his salary could lead to him leaving the Nou Camp.

The report goes on to say that Liverpool are the ‘strongest bet’ to meet Barcelona’s valuation of £34m, although other sides are interested.

A move may hinge on Joe Gomez’ future at the club, as the defender has been linked with a move elsewhere after becoming fourth choice at centre-back.

Liverpool eye Gavi move

Liverpool have been rumoured to be considering triggering Gavi’s release clause


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Another Barcelona star that could be on Liverpool’s radar is teenage sensation Gavi, who has majorly impressed since breaking into the first team last season.

The 17-year-old is already a key player in Xavi’s side, and Liverpool are one of many sides monitoring his situation at Barcelona according to El Nacional.

Gavi reportedly has a £42m release clause in his current contract, which is set to expire in 2023, but Barcelona are determined to extend his deal and remove that clause as soon as possible.

However, Liverpool are just one of the three English sides reportedly interested, as they look to put pressure on the situation in Spain, in the hope that Gavi will not extend his current deal.

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