Liverpool have continued to do business beyond the main European transfer deadline, sending Marko Grujic on loan to Porto for the season, but aside from that deal it has been a relatively quiet few days for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Reds got most of their deals done relatively early, making three senior signings and recouping more than £40m in fees, but there’s still time to do more if they want to.
Deals between Premier League and EFL clubs can be completed between now and 16 October, while the Russian and Portuguese windows are also still open, but much of today’s transfer talk surrounds deals which have and haven’t already been completed.
We’ve got the latest on a couple of moves which failed to go through, as well as an update on two players still being backed to leave Anfield if a suitable offer arrives, be that now or further down the line.
Wijnaldum plays down seriousness of Barcelona links
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was one of a number of players linked with a move away from Anfield over the summer, but remains at the club with less than a year left on his contract.
Ronald Koeman’s appointment at Barcelona had brought suggestions the Dutchman could be reunited with his former international coach, but Wijnaldum has suggested the interest wasn’t as serious as reported by some.
"I don't think it was that serious," the 29-year-old said, as reported by Sky Sports.
"Otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened.”
However, with his contract expiring in 2021, Wijnaldum is likely to be the subject of further speculation if he doesn’t sign a new deal, and his own comments may add fuel to the fire.
"My contract is valid for another 10 months and that can change,” he said.
“You never know in football. We will see what happens."
Liverpool to work on offloading fringe duo in January window
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While Liverpool managed to sell a number of their fringe players towards the end of the transfer window, with Rhian Brewster the highest-profile departure, Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson remain at the club.
Shaqiri and Wilson were both linked with permanent departures before Monday’s deadline, but moves could not be agreed for either and the Reds were not thought to be keen on a loan departure similar to Marko Grujic’s Porto move.
However, with interest in the pair expected to return over the winter, the Star reports that Liverpool will listen to offers for both Wilson and Shaqiri when the next window opens.
Burnley and Celtic were reportedly keen on Wilson, while Shaqiri’s absence from Liverpool’s Carabao Cup squad against Arsenal came amid talks over a potential exit.
Shaqiri has played just once for the Reds this season, starting and scoring in the Carabao Cup win at Lincoln, while Wilson’s only first-team action came in the same competition against Arsenal.
Why Grujic sale collapsed
Marko Grujic ended up leaving Liverpool after the European transfer deadline passed, completing a season-long loan to Porto.
However, according to reports in Germany, the midfielder could have found himself in line for a permanent exit were it not for a hold-up involving another player linked with a move to Liverpool during the window.
According to SportBild (via Sport Witness), Werder Bremen were interested in bringing the Serbian back to the Bundesliga after witnessing his form on loan at Hertha Berlin over the last two seasons.
However, the report claims Werder were unable to raise the funds for a move, due in part to their failure to offload Milot Rashica.
Kosovan winger Rashica was linked with Liverpool over the summer, while Aston Villa were also reportedly keen on the player who top-scored for the Bundesliga side last season.
However, with the 24-year-old unable to secure a move away from the Weserstadion, a permanent capture of Grujic became impossible.
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