Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be left to scour the market for alternative transfer options this summer.
Liverpool could be about to see their midfield transfer options dwindle with two deals reportedly off the cards for Jurgen Klopp. Chelsea may be to blame in both cases, with Manuel Ugarte and Conor Gallagher each moving closer towards clarifying their club futures.
The Reds are among a host of sides to have kept tabs on Sporting Lisbon star Ugarte. Scouts were reportedly in attendance to watch him earlier this month, but as yet, there has been no sign of Liverpool pushing to meet his £52million price tag.
It emerged this week that Paris Saint-Germain had submitted an offer amounting to Ugarte’s release clause, but transfer insider Fabrizio Romano claims that the nature of the payment terms has left the door ajar for Chelsea to trump their bid.
In any case, Anfield now seems an unlikely destination for the 22-year-old, who is building a stellar reputation in Europe as a talented up-and-coming midfielder.
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Just as one option bites the dust, Klopp may also have to strike another midfielder off his wish list. Gallagher has often had to make do with appearances off the bench for Chelsea this term, but incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly made his feelings clear.
Amid the threat of a summer transfer exit for the 23-year-old, who is believed to have admirers at Anfield, the Evening Standard claim that Pochettino has fed back to Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly that he wants Gallagher to remain in west London.