Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool:
The Daily Express are reporting that Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
The Express suggest that the Reds have not been willing to meet the Belgian’s £32.5m price tag.
However, it appears that they have definitely missed out on Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca, who is heading to Serie A, according to ITV.
The Colombian will have a medical at AC Milan in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers has been told that he will need to pay £32m if he wishes to sign Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, the Daily Express report.
Manchester United are also keen on the midfielder.
The Reds will have to compete with Bayern Munich if they wish to sign Inter Milan Mateo Kovacic, the Daily Express suggest.
The Croatia international has been linked with a £21m move to Merseyside.
Finally, Liverpool have confirmed that Sebastian Coates has completed his move to Sunderland, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Echo suggest the fee is around £4m.
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