But while the game on the field has stopped since mid-March with the match caught in a hiatus induced by a coronavirus, an element of football firmly refused to be killed by COVID-19 and it is the mill to transfer rumors with the lack of games only adding more fuel to speculation.
Here are the latest offers on the small titles trail.
Timo Werner, the RB Leipzig hot-shot that could soon take to the field with German Chancellor Angela Merkel giving the green light for the Bundesliga matches to resume this month.
Prior to the lockout, the 24-year-old has scored 27 goals in 36 games so far this season and has spoken freely about his admiration for the Premier League in general and Liverpool in particular with the Reds strongly linked to a move summer.
Inter suffered a big blow in their interest in Werner, the striker who decided to join Jurgen Klopp in Liverpool, Tuttosport report – via Inside Futbol.
The Serie A team would have considered Werner as a potential replacement for Lautaro Martinez, wanted by Barcelona and with a release clause of 111 million euros in his contract, and would be willing to offer Valentino Lazaro a potential parts exchange treat.
Werner’s future transfer to Liverpool seems to be one of the less well-kept secrets of football, but the player himself still seems to be waiting for an official offer from Anfield – which put off fans of other potential Manchester contenders United.
Much could depend on the type of role in which the Reds could deploy it. Would Werner step directly into the legendary Liverpool front line, wait for his chance and someone as accustomed to being a superstar would have the patience to wait for his time?
Another Bundesliga star regularly linked to Liverpool, although a little less publicized, Milot Rashica from Werder Bremen.
The 23-year-old left winger has reached double digits in all of his club’s competitions in the past two seasons.
HITC quotes the president of the Kosovar Football Federation Agim Amedi – Rashica is a Kosovar international 27 times capped – saying to Syri TV: “There are a lot of requests for (Rashica). I know that Liverpool in the Premier League wants it, but also Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
“I am sure he will be informed of the best way to make his decision. “
With a deemed £ 33 million release clause, Rashica seems a cheaper alternative to another Liverpool-linked Bundesliga man, Jadon Sancho.
Werder Bremen is currently second in the standings and it is claimed that Rashica could become available for only £ 13 million if relegated before June 15, but does he have the quality to be part of the team from Klopp?
Xherdan Shaqiri made a similar price cut move from Stoke City after leaving the Premier League, but has struggled for minutes this season while Takumi Minamino is also adjusting to life in the Premier League after his mid-season change .
Domagoj Vida, the Croatian center back with a distinctive blonde ponytail – think Andriy Voronin – who impressed when his country walked to the World Cup final at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Placed 79 times, he has been practicing his trade at club level with Besiktas for two years.
The 72 name of Yeni Asir reports that Liverpool are looking to compete with Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion to sign Vida valued at 6 million euros.
His Istanbul club is said to be ready to dump his highest earnings to ease his finances, which have been weakened due to the coronavirus pandemic – on loan, Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has of course canceled his contract with the club.
Elements of the Turkish press seem too inclined to use the big name of Liverpool to drag their players – earlier this week it was reported that Trabzonspor goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır had told a coach that he was was making it to Anfield under a £ 45m contract, despite the fact that they already had one of the best players in the world in his position with Alisson.
Vida was previously linked to a transfer to the Reds when its stock was at its highest level after the World Cup, barely 18 months after arriving in Besiktas in free transfer.
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Given that he would effectively replace Dejan Lovren, it seems somewhat odd that Liverpool is exchanging a Croatian international central back who has extensive Premier League experience for another who is not and who is actually older than him of a month.