Liverpool and Newcastle already know when Anthony Gordon and Luis Diaz talks will happen

Luis Diaz of Colombia and Anthony Gordon of England
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Anthony Gordon remains a Newcastle United player after transfer talks with Liverpool came to nothing before Sunday’s PSR deadline.

The Magpies found themselves in a position where they had to sell players before June 30, in order to comply with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules. This led to them opening talks with the Reds regarding a possible move for Gordon, though such talks broke down when Newcastle asked for Jarell Quansah as part of the deal.

Going on to raise the desired funds by selling Yankuba Minteh to Brighton & Hove Albion and Elliott Anderson to Nottingham Forest instead, you would be forgiven for thinking that Newcastle had already brought such a Gordon transfer saga to an end as we head into July.

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However, it’s not as simple as that. The England international is a boyhood Liverpool fan, while reports in both The Athletic and the Telegraph on Monday suggested that there is some concern inside the Newcastle camp now that their winger's head has been turned by the Reds’ interest.

Consequently, it does feel that we have not heard the end of links between Liverpool and Gordon. With the transfer window remaining open until August 30, it threatens to be a saga that rumbles on as a result.

A transfer could have been rushed through last week had terms been agreed, with it even reported that a medical had been booked for Gordon in Leipzig had the two clubs struck a deal, in order to beat the June 30 PSR deadline. But now there is no clock forcing a swift resolution to potential negotiations.

As a result, the Newcastle United man’s future won’t be resolved until after England’s participation at Euro 2024 comes to a close at the earliest.

It’s worth noting that it is insisted that Liverpool never made any offer for Gordon, and currently consider themselves well-stocked in the left-wing position, with Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez still on within their ranks.

However, this could of course change as the summer moves on, as Barcelona continue to be heavily linked with a move for Diaz, who is a boyhood fan of the La Liga giants himself. While the Reds are not looking to sell the Colombian, the La Liga giants could trigger a chain-reaction if they test Liverpool’s resolve for the forward.

For the record, Diaz has previously insisted he is happy at Anfield and is currently only focused on his participation in the Copa America.

“I am very happy there in Liverpool, it is a great team and club,” he said to Gol Caracol last mont. “I always wanted to play there, so I am very happy and calm.

“I’m not thinking about anything else, I’m thinking about the Colombian national team, which is where we are.”

Consequently, his future will not be resolved one way or the other while Colombia remains in the continental tournament, having already secured their place in the quarter-finals with one group game left to play.

Barcelona’s financial difficulties in recent years have been well-documented, with the Catalans likely in need of raising funds by selling players if they are to finance a move for Diaz. Reports in Spain last week suggested they could sell Raphinha to Saudi side Al-Hilal, and will demand at least €90m for his services.

Contact has reportedly been made with the players’ representatives, informing Raphinha’s camp that the touted contract on offer would far exceed his terms at Barcelona, in an attempt to persuade the reluctant Brazilian to make the move to the Middle East.

Like Diaz, Raphinha is also still competing at Copa America, with Brazil set to meet Colombia in their final group game on Tuesday night. Both sides are likely to progress to the quarter-finals, with the Brazilians needed to win to steal top spot.

Regardless of group position, both Brazil and Colombia’s potential last eight ties are scheduled to take place on July 6. If they both progress, they would then face off against each other again in their Copa America semi-final on July 10.

The tournament’s third-place play-off then takes place on July 13 before the final on July 14. As a result, barring a shock group-stage exit for Brazil or quarter-final elimination for either nation, both Diaz and Raphinha are scheduled to be involved in Copa America action right until the very end.

As a result, their own futures will likely not be resolved during the duration of the tournament at least. And while Raphinha could reject any Barcelona attempts to sell him, the Catalans could still explore other avenues if they do wish to move for Diaz this summer.

In turn, Liverpool are unlikely to move for Gordon unless an exit for Diaz looks increasingly likely. While England’s participation at Euro 2024 could easily come to a premature end against Switzerland in the quarter-finals next Saturday, any reignited transfer talks with Newcastle would likely have to remain on hold.

Likewise, if the Three Lions progress to a semi-final on July 10 or the final on July 14, Gordon’s own future will remain unresolved until after the conclusion of Euro 2024 with the June 30 PSR deadline no longer forcing matters. As a result, it remains a waiting game for players and clubs.

New Liverpool head coach Arne Slot would likely wish to speak to Diaz regarding his future intentions following his involvement at Copa America. Whether such discussions would wait until after a three-week holiday, either until the end of July or early August, remains to be seen.

Likewise, Gordon would likely seek talks with Newcastle following their attempts to sell him in the first place - even if a move to Anfield would have been a dream switch for the boyhood Red.

Only then would their respective transfer intentions become clear and movement on any such deals can be expected to pick up.

Barcelona will perhaps have to move first too, of course, in their own pursuit of Diaz, to trigger Liverpool into action. But international exploits ensure that this is a transfer saga with many moving parts and one that will not be definitively resolved anytime soon.