Chelsea attempts last-minute hijack for Liverpool transfer ‘target’ as Napoli ace hints at move

Chelsea attempts last-minute hijack for Liverpool transfer 'target' as Napoli ace hints at move

Liverpool needs to keep an especially close eye on its rivals in the transfer market this summer. After years of being one of the foremost destinations in Europe — a status FSG arguably failed to make the absolute most of — the club is now facing a hiatus from the Champions League, and will need to work harder to convince prospective targets.

Old foe Manchester United will be armed with both cash and Europe’s premier competition, a state of affairs that has already seen it pull ahead (according to the Daily Mail) in the race for Mason Mount. Meanwhile, the Chelsea star is not the only one to be linked with moves to both Liverpool and Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, Liverpool knows its draw remains strong, not least because of the presence of Jürgen Klopp at the helm. The boss has previously spoken about wanting players prepared to ‘push the train’, so he may not even be especially keen on those who need convincing to come to Anfield, but his own allure should ensure that most potential targets are eager to make the move.

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Even so, a couple of stars to have been linked to Liverpool over the past few months look to be edging closer to rivals. Manchester United is well-positioned for a Napoli star, while Chelsea is attempting an audacious late hijack of a European giant’s deal.

Here, takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs.

Chelsea hijack plot

Liverpool has shopped in Portugal in each of the last two transfer windows. Amid links to Manuel Ugarte, there appeared to be a chance to complete a clean sweep of the country’s ‘big three’.

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