Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Lucas Digne and Other Top Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2016

SEVILLE, SPAIN - AUGUST 14:  Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona in action during the match between Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona as part of the Spanish Super Cup Final 1st Leg  at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 14, 2016 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
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Barcelona beat Liverpool to the £13.8 million signing of Lucas Digne before the end of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Blaugrana's technical secretary Robert Fernandez told Sport (h/t James Gray of the Express) an English side had contested the signing of the Paris Saint-German player after his squad appearance at Euro 2016 for France. 

David Anderson of the Mirror (h/t Gray) revealed it was the Reds who wanted the 23-year-old left-back.

Fernandez told Sport"PSG already had an offer from a good English team but when we got in touch with the manager (he) told us that the player only wanted to come to Barcelona."

CLAIREFONTAINE, FRANCE - AUGUST 29:  French Football Team defender Lucas Digne arrives for a press conference before the training session on August 29, 2016 in Clairefontaine, France. It's the first training session before the friendly football match betw
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Anderson reported Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp originally held an interest in the player as far back as 12 months ago, before the talent joined AS Roma on loan. The journalist wrote:

Sources close to Digne claim Liverpool were too slow to move for the left-back and they were also chasing Leicester's Ben Chilwell.

The sources also claim Liverpool could have landed Digne for less than the €20 million paid by Barcelona and the Reds' search for a new left-back to challenge Alberto Moreno continues.

The defender impressed in the Italian capital last term, appearing in 33 matches in Serie A through the campaign, according to WhoScored.com.

The run earned him his spot at the Euros and brought him to the attention of Barca coach Luis Enrique.

Dortmund, Germany 17.08.2016, BV Borussia Dortmund, BVB, Mannschaftsfoto Termin,   Christian Pulisic (U-19 BVB)  (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, Klopp will continue his interest in Bundesliga pair Mahmoud Dahoud of Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.

According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Klopp missed out on the players during the summer but will go back in for them in future windows.

Pearce wrote that completing the deals became "problematic" before the window recently shut. The reporter suggested Gladbach were unwilling to move Dahoud, reportedly valued at £25 million, after they sold Granit Xhaka to Arsenal.

The 20-year-old had an outstanding campaign in Germany last term and will be given an elevated role after Xhaka’s departure.

Here is the youngster in action:

FCB Media's Cristian Nyari is not convinced whether Pulisic would be keen to move to Merseyside: 

Cristian Nyari @Cnyari

Why in the world would Pulisic want to leave the Bundesliga and Dortmund for England? Lol come on now...

Liverpool's recent transfer activity has been underwhelming, and their lack of recruitment could see them struggle in the Premier League.

Klopp has a long-term vision for the club, but he will have to sustain a level of success to see through the project at Anfield.

Both Dahoud and Pulisic are good players, but the Reds need to find a new superstar to give their side the validity of a truly big club.

They still have not replaced Luis Suarez and need to find the heir to his legend as soon as possible.


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