Liverpool Still Might Get Lemar And Van Dijk Without Take Off Coutinho
Liverpool can bring Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Lemar without having to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, according to Express reports.
The Reds completed a deal to get Naby Keita’s services earlier this week, though he will not move to Anfield for up to 12 months.
But Liverpool will still have the last few days of a busy transfer market as they step up their efforts to bring in Lemar and Van Dijk. To be able to bring these two players, Liverpool is expected to cost approximately 150 million pounds.
Earlier reports emerged that Liverpool could change their stand against Philippe Coutinho and allow him to join Barcelona for the services of Van Dijk and Lemar.
Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Arsenal proves that Coutinho can even trouble getting into their starting line-up this season. But Express claims that there is a way for Liverpool to keep the Brazilian player, but also still get their top two targets.
Barcelona has not given up Coutinho
This refers to Keita’s agreement. Although the transfer of players is believed to be in the region of 55 million pounds, Liverpool just have to pay the cost is not large at the beginning. It keeps their funds available to complete the transfer of Van Dijk and Lemar without losing Coutinho to Barcelona.
The La Liga giants have had three bids denied for the 25-year-old. However, it is expected that they will return with a fourth bid before the transfer window closes.
However, Liverpool CEO Peter Moore reiterated his club’s stance in response to the anger of Liverpool fans who accused the club of attracting Coutinho. Liverpool already had two bids rejected for Lemar while Southampton proved reluctant to do business with the Merseyside club.
Liverpool currently has a frightening lineup of attackers, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah playing very well in the last game. But their defense is still needed additional to navigate the heavy schedule this season. (Source: Express)