Liverpool reportedly hope to bring down a possible £25million outlay on Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum by offering Rafael Benitez the chance to bring two players the other way.
Wijnaldum has emerged as Liverpool’s favoured midfield option after No 1 target Piotr Zielinksi closed in on a move from Udinese to AC Milan – but Newcastle’s £25million valuation is putting them off.
The Holland midfielder joined Newcastle in a £14.75million move from PSV Eindhoven 12 months ago and impressed during his year on Tyneside – scoring 11 goals in 38 league appearances – despite the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
But the Daily Mail claim that Newcastle’s figure could be driven down if a couple of players are included in the switch.
They suggest the likes of Jon Flanagan and Lucas Leiva could head to the North-East in any deal for Wijnaldum.
Lucas is thought to be on a list of six players that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has strongly advised to find new clubs – and although it’s believed Flanagan will figure in Klopp’s plans for the season – it is thought he could be sacrificed if he’s wanted by Benitez at St James’ Park.
Flanagan was linked with moves to Celtic and Burnley this week, with the Reds reportedly telling their suitors to look elsewhere for possible full-back options.