The transfer link-ups continue for the Reds and the recent one to be in the limelight is that of the Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario. Liverpool had earlier approached Sporting Lisbon with an offer of £33.5m which was rejected by the Portuguese club. However, according to a report from A Bola the Reds have made an improved offer for the midfielder.
Liverpool have not made a signing which crosses the £30m mark and there is a scope for Jurgen Klopp to spend the amount on a quality player. The biggest need of the hour is a left back and a possible midfield option with the departure of Joe Allen and possibly Lucas over the next few days. Also, there is a need of a utility player who plays on the wings as well as in the central or attacking midfield. Joao Mario looks the perfect choice at the moment and his signing would be a major boost for the German boss.
The Reds have a tough competition from Inter Milan, AS Roma and even Real Madrid after their pursuit for Pogba was unsuccessful. Liverpool have also had an earlier bid rejected and the fact that the Reds have come up with a better offer suggests that Klopp really wants to add the talented 23-year-old to his line-up. The reasons why this deal looks good for both sides is that the other leagues do not look as competitive for the midfielder and his style of play will benefit Klopp in his mission to transform Liverpool. Also, the amount of money Sporting is expecting at the moment is something that might be tough for Liverpool but not out of their reach. Klopp would not consider spending a bomb on a center forward and a utility player like Mario looks like a good option.
The biggest challenge at the moment is the competition from Real Madrid as a move to Los Blancos looks equally likely on the cards for the midfielder. Bernebau is a destination where any player is tempted to move to and this poses a serious challenge for Liverpool to retain the player’s interest to Anfield. However, Klopp is not looking much concerned as in one of the press conferences he calmly mentioned about the possibilities of signing more players. This is what he said. “The final word is 31st August. Until then you have to be ready to do something on the selling side or the buying side. Maybe one or two things can happen.”