One of the hottest properties in French football will not come on the cheap, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. A report from the Daily Mirror claims that Willem Geubbels is a target for a number of top clubs from across Europe but they will have to pay close to £62.5m to land the 16-year-old.
Geubbels was linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the year and even the likes of Tottenham tried to sign the youngster up but nothing could be thrashed out. The report also suggests that Bayern Munich and Chelsea held talks to sign the attacker in January but again, no deal was set up.
The reason why there is a mad scramble to sign the player up is that the Frenchman has rejected a new contract with the Ligue 1 giants and that will see him become a free agent after 2019.
That is enough for most of the top clubs in Europe to come chasing for him and even though Monaco, RB Leipzig, Barcelona and Manchester City have kept tabs on him, Aulas is not willing to let go the starlet so easily.
While speaking of Monaco’s approach to sign the attacker, Aulas was quoted by the FourFourTwo, saying:
“They have just cashed €300million or €400million, so they will pay for Geubbels. If Willem thinks he can have a better career in Monaco than Lyon… Monaco bought Pietro Pellegri for €25million. We will not make gifts.
“In any case, we try to have people with ethics. My biggest regret is never to have seen Willem alone, I’ll talk to him about it directly. It is the end of his contract in 2019.
“If Monaco makes an offer of €70million we will be disappointed because we believe [in Geubbels] a lot. We are reassured by his valuation.”
A quality talent but his asking price is too much
There are a number of top quality youngsters in the world of football and Geubbels seems to be one of them but his president seems set not to lose him on the cheap.
Paying the amount that Aulas has asked for isn’t a realistic one for a 16-year-old and it is more unlikely given that the French youngster has not made a start for the club this season with him being limited to only substitute appearances.
This might be a ploy from Aulas to ensure no one comes after his player and it will be interesting to see just how this works out in the summer transfer window.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.
The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.
“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.
“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”
The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.
“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”
The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.
The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.
“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”
The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.
“It’s like one of those goals you’d see Maradona score” – BBC commentators in awe of Liverpool star in 4-0 win over Bournemouth
The Egyptian rounded the Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic twice, before beating a couple of players on the goal-line.
The 26-year-old won a lot of plaudits for the goal, and one BBC commentator claimed this goal had an air of “Diego Maradona” about it.
Conor McNamara raved about Salah’s goal on BBC 5 Live (h/t Express):
“You don’t see that often. He goes around the goalkeeper twice, he’s calmness personified. It’s like one of those goals you’d see Maradona score in the 80s.
“It was the sort of flick you do if you’re playing with your nephews in the back garden or something ‘lets flick it passed you no problem’, he just sort of nonchalantly scored.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell compared it to a classic goal scored by Ricky Villa for Tottenham, while McNamara claimed the goal was “outrageous” and showed just how confident Salah is of his abilities.
“You go around the goalkeeper and he’s thinking hang on a minute, I’ve done it once, I’ll do it again.”
The Egyptian is peaking into form at the right time, which is perfect for us as we look to make it to the next round of the Champions League.
The Reds face Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday, where we need a 1-0 win or a two-goal difference win (if the Italians score).
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