Barcelona and Real Madrid vie for Liverpool ace as two summer transfer priorities identified

Arne Slot blows a whistle during a training session.
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Liverpool has supposedly sent its chief scout to South America to assess some players ahead of the summer, with two priorities emerging ahead of the transfer window opening. Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Barcelona are both said to be considering a move for a Reds midfielder who will be on his way this summer.

Arne Slot will lose a couple of big names but there will be more additions made to the Liverpool roster than Jürgen Klopp leaves behind for the Dutchman. As important or even more significant than any transfer deal that could happen will be tying key men including Virgil van Dijk down to new contracts. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Liverpool embarks on South America scouting trip

Chief scout Barry Hunter has already paid a visit to Brazil to look for the best young talents in the country, 90Min has claimed. As well as Europe's top leagues, it is suggested that Liverpool will also assess the best players in South America.

In addition to searching for players in Brazil, the report also adds that Liverpool has two priorities positionally this summer: center-back and in attack. Wholesale changes are not required given the current state of the squad but further refinements would ideally arrive well in advance of pre-season beginning.

Real Madrid and Barcelona vying for Liverpool ace

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara waved goodbye to Anfield on the same day as Jürgen Klopp (as did Joël Matip) with the Spanish ace departing after four years on Merseyside. Unfortunately, the main story of his time at Liverpool was injury troubles.

Nevertheless, Fichajes reports that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen on snapping him up on a free transfer and the 33-year-old would be willing to move back to Spain. The latter, according to AS, could even offer him a position on Hansi Flick's coaching staff (part coach, part player) when the ex-Germany boss takes over from Xavi, who will leave Barcelona this summer.