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Bayern Munich enter the race for Championship ace on Liverpool radar

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By Abbas Vadiwala

Liverpool to battle Bayern Munich for the signature of Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool has been exploring Burnley Goalkeeper James Trafford as an option, amidst uncertainties surrounding the future of their backup, Caoimhin Kelleher.

James Trafford, a former prospect from the Manchester City academy, is reportedly held in high regard by Liverpool’s recruitment staff and is at the forefront of their goalkeeper shortlist as they prepare to enter the Arne Slot era.

Liverpool want Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford to be Allison's understudy
Liverpool want Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford to be Allison’s understudy

According to sources from Football Insider, Bayern Munich is competing with Liverpool and Newcastle United in an attempt to secure the signature of Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford during the upcoming summer transfer window. Reports suggest that Vincent Kompany, the newly appointed manager of Bayern Munich, intends to prioritize the acquisition of Trafford.

Following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship, Trafford has attracted interest from numerous top clubs. Reportedly, Burnley has set a price tag of approximately £20 million for the goalkeeper. Trafford, an England U-21 international, remains under contract until 2027 after completing a £19 million transfer from Manchester City last summer.

However, we believe Bayern Munich is expected to encounter stiff competition from Liverpool and Newcastle for the services of the English goalkeeper. Both Premier League clubs are eager to strengthen their goalkeeping options, considering Trafford as a valuable second-choice selection. This interest comes as Alisson and Nick Pope currently hold starting positions at their respective clubs. Also, both Premier League clubs seem to be on the verge of losing their second-choice goalkeepers this summer.

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Liverpool are likely to lose their backup goalkeeper in Irishman Caoimhin Kelleher and Newcastle have already announced that their backup goalkeeper, Karius, will be leaving St James’s Park as his contract has ended. Considering that Trafford has experience in the premier league and is accustomed to the pace of the league, Bayern Munich will have their work cut out to prize him away from English heavyweights like Liverpool and Newcastle.