New twist in Thiago to Liverpool; Chelsea look to land rising Monaco star


Welcome to ESPN’s Insider Notebook, featuring contributions from our reporters across the top leagues around the world.

In this edition, Liverpool fans need a reality check over Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara. Plus: Chelsea continue to make moves in the transfer market.

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New twist in Thiago to Liverpool rumours

Liverpool will not pursue a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, sources have told ESPN, with the Premier League champions only likely to enter the transfer market if a significant member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad leaves Anfield.

Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted last month that Liverpool pulled out of a move for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner because of the cost of signing the Germany international, who has since completed a €53 million (£47.7m / $59.6m) switch to Chelsea.

And although the club have only made one addition to their first-team squad since the summer of 2018, paying £7.25m for RB Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino in January, sources have told ESPN that there is no expectation within Anfield of high profile arrivals at the end of the season.

Thiago continues to be linked with Liverpool and, should a key player leave, Liverpool would reinvest any transfer fee in order to sign a replacement. Klopp and the club’s transfer committee, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, are confident the title-winning squad will remain intact.

Sources have said the former Barcelona star’s age — 29 — and Bayern’s £30m valuation of a player whose contract expires next summer make him incompatible with the club’s profile of signings who provide long-term value for money.

Klopp, sources say, is also happy with attacking midfielders Naby Keita and teenager Curtis Jones, who signed a new five-year contract earlier this month. — Mark Ogden

Chelsea looking to land rising Monaco star

Chelsea are trying to take Malamine Efekele from Monaco, the Paris-born 15-year-old forward who is already being likened to Kylian Mbappe by those who have watched the youngster play.

Aside from Efekele’s exceptional talent, he shares a few more similarities with Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe. Both are from Bondy, just north of the French capital where Kylian had his father, Wilfried Mbappe, as a coach at his local club. Both also went to the prestigious Clairefontaine academy before…



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