Barcelona have reportedly moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but have been given hope of landing Jamie Vardy.
In a new regular feature, we take a look at the day’s rumours involving Liverpool, separating the wheat from the chaff to save you the trouble…
Bundesliga sensation watched by Barcelona as Arsenal and Liverpool face transfer disappointment (talkSPORT)
Barcelona sent scouts to watch Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action at the weekend and have been given fresh hope the player will snub a move to England with Liverpool or Arsenal.
The Catalan club will have their transfer ban lifted in the New Year and have drawn up a long hit list of targets – with Borussia Dortmund hotshot Aubameyang now added to it.
The 26-year-old has been in staggering form so far this term, scoring 13 goals in just 11 Bundesliga outings, and Arsenal and Liverpool are both reportedly keen.
The player himself has also given Barca hope of signing him after revealing he promised his grandfather that he would one day test himself in La Liga – which could come as a blow to his Premier League admirers.
Aubameyang told Telefoot: “I signed until 2020, even though I always dream of playing in Spain.
“My grandfather died last year, and I promised him to play one day in Spain. He was a fan of Real [Madrid].
“I really hope to play in Spain one day, but the important thing for now is to focus on Dortmund.”
One thing we can’t say with any certainty though is where the player will end up, and it’s unlikely his comments about wishing to join Real Madrid will go down well at Barcelona.
Either way, it seems unlikely a move will be sanctioned mid-season and it’s certainly impossible to claim Liverpool and Arsenal ‘face transfer disappointment’ just because Barcelona sent a scout to watch him.
Leicester tell Liverpool and Spurs to pay £15m for Vardy (Daily Star)
Leicester are hoping to fend off interest in Jamie Vardy by demanding a bumper fee of £15million for the England international.
Vardy scored for the eighth Premier League game running in the Foxes’ 3-2 win over West Brom on Saturday.
And his stunning start to the campaign is said to have alerted Tottenham and Liverpool, who are reported to be lining up an offer in the January transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund and West Brom are also said to be keeping tabs on him, according to the paper.
The player is contracted to Leicester to the summer of 2018, so it seems strange for the paper to think, in this day and age, that a ‘bumper fee’ of £15m would be enough to put off the likes of Liverpool or Spurs.
Presumably the ‘interest’ from Dortmund comes as they ponder the possible exit of Aubamayeng (see above) though I’d love to see the reaction of their fans if they signed the former Fleetwood striker as a replacement for the Gabon international.
You’d imagine that fee might just rule West Brom out of the running though. However, with European qualification a feasible target for the Foxes this season, you can’t imagine them being in a rush to sell the player in January – even if a £15million bid was submitted.
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