Liverpool given green light to submit transfer bid for Euro 2024 star

Riccardo Calafiori
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Bologna is open to Premier League offers for their star defender Riccardo Calafiori following his impressive performance in the European Championships. The Italian international, who has been a standout player at the tournament, is on the radar of Liverpool as well as Arsenal and Juventus.

However, Bologna, still hurt by Juve's poaching of boss Thiago Motta, would prefer to sell to an English club. Arsenal have already expressed interest in Calafiori, but their pursuit could hinge on the future of Jakub Kiwior, who is also on Juventus and AC Milan's wishlist.

Calafiori, primarily a centre-back this season, is versatile enough to play at left-back, a position he has occupied during his stints with Roma and FC Basel. Liverpool's sporting director, Richard Hughes, is known to be a fan of the 22-year-old, having tracked him during his tenure at Bournemouth.

Importantly, Liverpool is believed to be in the market for a left-footed centre-back this summer. According to the Mirror, it has now been given the green light by Bologna to submit a bid if it wants to sign Calafiori.

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Chelsea is also open to bolstering its defence, although any move for Calafiori would likely necessitate a departure. Levi Colwill is not on the market, while bids for Benoit Badiashile could still be entertained.

West Ham is also among the growing admirers of the Italian. Bologna, who have accepted that they will lose the Azzurri prodigy, will demand a hefty fee, likely in excess of $50 million (£40m) as Basel is entitled to 40% of any sale over $6.32m (£5m).

Despite contrary reports, Real Madrid is not believed to be interested at this time. Bologna's sporting director, Marco Di Vaio, is hopeful that Calafiori's performances in Germany will increase his market value.

He remarked amid the swirling rumours: "It is confirmation that Bologna is working well and doing the right things. It is not a surprise to us. We know Calafiori well and we have been following him for years. The European Championships will have a significant boost on his value but the intention is to keep all of our players, including Calafiori."

While Juventus is leading the chase and seems to be the heavy favourite, Bologna is prepared to put up a fight to keep their star, who has also caught the eye of Nottingham Forest with Murillo's enquiry. If Juve can negotiate a fee with Bologna, Calafiori's personal terms with the Turin giants won't pose an issue.

With a contract at Bologna until the summer of 2028, there's no rush to sell, ensuring any transfer will happen strictly on Bologna's conditions.