Liverpool transfer conclusion: Thiago Alcantara eyed

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Liverpool’s plans for the 2020/21 campaign start now, with Jurgen Klopp already plotting how and where to strengthen the Reds for their title defence next season.

Frustration over losing out to Chelsea in the race for Timo Werner is unlikely to deter the former Borussia Dortmund boss from dipping into the summer market.

However, with funds likely to be restricted at Anfield, Klopp will be aiming for squad additions and potentially one big-name purchase.

We take a look at the biggest transfer rumours involving the new Premier League champions.

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Bayern Munich react to Liverpool interest in Thiago


Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick remains convinced star midfielder Thiago Alcantara will remain with the Bundesliga champions, despite interest from Liverpool.

The Spanish international has been linked with an exit from the Allianz Arena after talks over a contract extension, stalled earlier this month.

However, Flick is unmoved by the speculation, insisting the former Barcelona man remains central to his plans.

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“I don’t think about Thiago leaving us at all,” he said as per a report from the Daily Express, following Bayern’s final game of the season.

“Thiago is an exceptional player, who gives a lot to the team, so I do not think about him leaving.”

Flick confirmed talks are ongoing with Thiago’s representatives, but with no update at this stage.

If Bayern do opt to eventually sell, he could be available for a fee of around £54m.

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Liverpool offer Lovren in Koulibaly swap deal

Liverpool could offer Croatian international Dejan Lovren to Serie A giants Napoli, as part of a deal to bring Kalidou Koulibaly to Anfield.

Klopp has been linked with a host of defensive targets in recent weeks, including Sevilla star Diego Carlos and Real Valladolid’s Mohammed Salisu.

However, according to reports from the Daily Mail, via Tuttosport, Klopp will challenge Manchester City for the signature of Senegal international Koulibaly.

Napoli are currently demanding in the region of £90m for the 29-year old, but Liverpool are hoping the inclusion of Lovren could lower that price to closer to £70m.

Lovren looks set to leave Anfield this summer, despite claiming he wants to stay and fight for his place.

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Reds battle neighbours over Ligue 1 star

Liverpool and Everton will reportedly go head to head to sign Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara this summer.

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Kamara, who can operate at full back and centre-back, has been linked with a move away from the French club after an eye-catching campaign with Andre Villas-Boas’ side.

Reports from French outlet Le10 Sport claim Everton are currently ahead of their rivals in the race to sign the 20-year old, with Liverpool eyeing him as a backup option to Koulibaly.

Marseille secured Champions League qualification at the end of the 2019/20 French season, but Villas Boas has been told he needs to sell players this summer.

Kamara is just one of his stars who could be heading for an exit after an impressive 12 months at the Stade Velodrome.

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