Free transfer looms for 21-goal striker as Liverpool ‘ask again’ for new Erling Haaland
Welcome to the Liverpool.com daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.
Liverpool transfer regret
Taiwo Awoniyi has started the season in electric form for Union Berlin. Sold by Liverpool for just £6.5m this summer, the club may already be feeling some transfer regret.
The striker has just earned his first Nigeria call-up. He was also named in the latest Bundesliga Team of the Week, having scored twice in four minutes at the weekend to secure a comeback win against Mainz.
While Awoniyi had been at Liverpool since 2015, this was the first summer where he would actually have been eligible to play, having been granted a long-awaited work permit. Still only 24, there are growing questions over whether the club should have given him a chance.
Awoniyi has eight goals in all competitions already this season.
Origi linked with Barcelona
Spanish publication Sport have linked Divock Origi with a surprise move to Barcelona.
The report should be taken with a heaped tablespoon of salt, given that it seems to rely on the idea that the Belgian’s contract expires next summer — in fact, Origi is tied down until 2024.
Nonetheless, Barcelona are said to “know his abilities”. They certainly got a first-hand look during the famous 4-0 victory for Liverpool at Anfield. Come January, Martin Braithwaite will be returning from a knee injury, but between the former Middlebrough man and Luuk de Jong, Origi may fancy his chances of getting some minutes. Memphis Depay will prove harder to displace, but there are multiple spots up for grabs in the front line.
The move seems far more plausible than it would have done a couple of years ago; Origi is very much in a similar category of signing to De Jong or Braithwaite. It may even work out for all parties. However, Liverpool should not get their hopes up on this one.
Approach made for Adeyemi
Liverpool have been much-linked with Germany starlet Karim Adeyemi, and according to Sky Germany this interest has crystallised into an approach.
The report claims that Adeyemi’s preferred move is a return to his home country to play in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipizg are all thought to have made proposals to the player.
However it goes on to add:
“There are also inquiries from England. Liverpool recently asked again. Poker is open.”
Liverpool need to hope that a pitch to be part of the next-generation front line at Anfield will be a strong enough hand to win over Adeyemi. The striker, who is following in the footsteps of Erling Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg, has got eight goals and an assist in 10 Austrian Bundesliga appearances so far.
He has also won Player of the Match in both of his Champions League games to date.
Vlahović rejects contract
Fiorentina are having major issues tying down star striker Dušan Vlahović to a new contract.
The current deal runs until 2023, so there is no imminent danger of losing the player for nothing, but the situation has escalated to the point where the owner has made a statement on the club site.
“As you know, Fiorentina made a very significant offer to the player. Our proposal would have made him the highest paid player in the history of the club.
We also improved our offer on a number of occasions in order to accommodate the requests of both Dušan and his entourage. However, despite our efforts, those offers have not been accepted.”
Vlahović scored 21 Serie A goals last season, registering two assists. Seven games into the new campaign, the 21-year-old has already scored four goals and assisted a further one.
Liverpool have previously been said to be monitoring the player, although Tottenham and Atlético Madrid have been linked most heavily.