Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Thomas Mueller, Adam Lallana and More

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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Thomas Mueller, Adam Lallana and More
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Liverpool's 2013-14 Premier League campaign will come down to one final match on Sunday, but regardless of the outcome of the team's fixture against Newcastle, this past season will be seen as a rousing success for the Reds.

Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2009 and still in the running for their first English title since 1990, Brendan Rodgers and his squad have done a sensational job turning around the fortunes of one of England's most storied clubs.

Expectations will be even great for the 2014-15 season, placing an emphasis on the upcoming summer transfer window. With that in mind, let's have a look at the latest transfer news coming out of Anfield this week.

 

Thomas Mueller

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The German international is reportedly unhappy with Bayern Munich, and according to The Express' Ben Jefferson, Liverpool are one of the clubs mentioned as a potential landing place for the highly touted midfielder.

Muller told an Austrian newspaper he had no plans to leave Bavaria last week, but confirmed he couldn't speak about "guarantees for all time."

His agent was then quoted by Bild, via ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld, as saying his player wasn't interested in a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, while refusing to comment on a move to England.

Bundesliga Fanatic's Cristian Nyari seems to think a move is unlikely:

We've heard a lot of rumours regarding players wishing to leave Bayern in recent weeks, and Mueller's lack of designated position could hurt him in Pep Guardiola's tiki-taka scheme.

But the midfielder is too versatile and too valuable to just be discarded like that, and it would appear unlikely Guardiola wouldn't at least try to convince Mueller to stay with the club he has supported since childhood, as shared by GeniusFootball:

Mueller's agent could just be trying to stir the pot as he attempts to get his client the best possible contract extension from his current club, as this is really the first thing we've heard of the player reportedly being unhappy with Bayern.

Liverpool would love to bring in a player of his caliber this summer, but we can't see Mueller leaving the Bundesliga anytime soon.

 

Adam Lallana

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The Southampton midfielder is reportedly "begging" Southampton for a transfer to Liverpool ahead of the upcoming World Cup, per Metro's John Payne.

Lallana has been linked with Liverpool for a while now and Rodgers and company have reportedly already made a £20 million bid, but interest from Manchester United could drive his price up.

The midfielder has his heart set on Anfield, however, and he hopes his current club won't do anything to jeopardise his dream:

Lallana reportedly met Saints executive director Les Reed last night in an attempt to force through a move.

Liverpool have already made Lallana the subject of a £20million bid but Brendan Rodgers’ men could be dragged into a bidding war with United also planning to flex their muscles.

However, Anfield appears to be his preferred destination and Lallana is keen to force the issue and get his future sorted so that he can concentrate on the World Cup.

He hopes that, after 14 years service with the club, Saints will not stand in his way.

Lallana enjoyed a tremendous breakout season in 2013-14 and is another versatile weapon that would fit in nicely at Liverpool.

The England international has the skill required to play on the wing but would be best served as an option in the centre of the pitch, providing creativity and passes to the young guns playing further up the pitch.

This transfer saga has been going on for months now, and this late in the season, we can't see all of the interested parties changing their minds. Barring injury or a freakishly high bid from United, expect Lallana to be playing his trade for Liverpool next season.

 

Yevhen Konoplyanka

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With Lallana now a priority for the summer, the club's interest in the Ukrainian midfielder has cooled, according to the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce.

The winger came very close to joining the Reds on transfer deadline day in January, and the club were expected to rekindle their interest in the Dnipro player this summer. It seems that will no longer be the case however:

Liverpool were close to landing the Ukraine international for £12.2million on deadline day in January but the transfer collaposed when Dnipro’s multi-billionaire owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sign the relevant paperwork.

The Reds had been expected to go back in for Konoplyanka this summer but the ECHO understands they are now looking at alternative targets.

Qualifying for the Champions League means Liverpool believe they will be able to attract a higher calibre of talent.

Konoplyanka seemingly emerged out of nowhere this season, showing the world his abilities with good performances against Tottenham Hotspur and with the Ukrainian national team.

Dnipro's system is tailored toward the 24-year-old, however, and for all of his brilliance, he's been unable to lead his team past a Shakhtar Donetsk squad not nearly as dominant as last season's.

Backed by a billionaire owner in one of the world's most up-and-coming leagues, Dnipro has little reason to sell their most prized asset, making it unlikely the price for Konoplyanka will drop anytime soon.

Per transfermarkt.co.uk, Konoplyanka's contract is set to run out in 2015. If the player steps forward and makes his desire to move to a bigger league clear to all parties involved, Dnipro might be tempted to cash in while they still have the chance.

Until then, it looks like Liverpool won't be chasing the Ukrainian midfielder any longer.

 

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