Newcastle join Liverpool, Barcelona in race for Bundesliga defender

Date published: Thursday 25th July 2019 1:08 - Oli Fisher

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Liverpool face a battle to land Augsburg defender Philipp Max as fellow Premier League side Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to sign him.

Alberto Moreno’s departure from Anfield was recently confirmed as he secured a free transfer to Villarreal, meaning Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new left-back to provide cover.

Liverpool had been linked with Real Betis’ Junior Firpo, but the €50m exit clause placed on the Spain Under-21 star looks beyond Liverpool, while Barcelona appear to be in pole to land him anyway.

Links with Philipp Max have intensified in recent weeks, with the belief that he could be available for the much more affordable sum of €20million this summer.

Now, a report from the Chronicle Live claim that Newcastle are also eyeing Max as Steve Bruce looks to add up to five new signings, but that his asking price may be deemed too much.

Ayoze Perez has already left for Leicester while the on-loan Salomon Rondon has gone to China, though Joelinton did join from Hoffenheim earlier in the week in a club-record £36m deal.

Barcelona have also been credited with interest in Max, who has contributed seven goals and 16 assists in 88 Bundesliga appearances and is under contract until 2022.

 

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