According to the Spanish publication El Nacional, Liverpool has put forward a bid for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong that is “too good to refuse.” The reported amount in total is €71 million (£60 million).
Although the report claims that De Jong is one of Xavi’s favorite players, Barcelona are in no position to turn down a deal that is reportedly guaranteed to be worth €62 million (£53 million) plus an additional €9 million (£7 million) in add-ons for the Dutchman.
It would benefit Liverpool as well because it would weaken Manchester City if Barcelona used the funds to sign Bernardo Silva, but it seems unlikely that they would be more serious in De Jong after this offer.
While the former Ajax man is a world-class player, he has made it clear that he does not want to leave Barcelona, his dream club. As a result, it would not be wise to spend a lot of money to bring someone who does not really want to be there to Anfield.
Roberto Firmino swap
Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino would be offered to PSG in exchange for midfielder Leandro Paredes in a straight swap deal this summer, according to the Italian site Calciomercato.
The report states that both club values their player at 25–30 million (£21–25 million), so making the deal happen would be beneficial for both parties.
Liverpool would benefit from adding a midfielder, but giving up a forward is not a particularly enticing alternative for them. When it comes to attacking depth, Jürgen Klopp has already lost Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi this summer. He therefore needs one more attacker, not one fewer.