Liverpool receive £42m transfer 'green light' to finally complete first Arne Slot signing

Atalanta's Ederson with his winners medal during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 final match between Atalanta BC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Dublin Arena on May 22, 2024 in Dublin, Ireland.(Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
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Liverpool head coach Arne Slot has finally been given the green light to make his first summer signing. Though the current trading period has been open for three weeks, the Reds are yet to bring any new players into their squad despite a plethora of links to potential additions.

Anthony Gordon has been one name of strong interest with Newcastle even making an extraordinary approach to Liverpool. Johan Bakayoko and Nico Williams are other attackers to be linked with moves to Anfield, though both look set to remain at PSV and Athletic Club, respectively.

In defence, Riccardo Calafiori and Leny Yoro are wanted by Liverpool but they look set for significant competition from elsewhere to acquire either signature. Real Madrid remains as Yoro's favoured destination while Arsenal are advancing in talks with Bologna after agreeing personal terms for Calafiori.

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Despite last summer's midfield rebuild, Slot has been looking at additions for his engine room with Atalanta duo Teun Koopmeiners and Ederson mooted as options. However, Juventus are pushing to sign Koopmeiners which could impact Liverpool, but it had already been made clear by Ederson himself, that he was a more intriguing option for Slot.

Speaking to AS, the Brazilian said, "I am very happy at Atalanta. I just won a great title, I am very well-integrated. My future is something that doesn't worry me. What worries me right now is doing well here with the Brazilian team, leaving a positive impression because it is my first call-up.

"Making sure everyone knows me here just like everyone knows me in Italy. I am very focused, very happy, trying to make the most of this moment with the national team. I don't know, I've thought about it a lot, I like Italy, I'm well adapted, but I'm curious about the Premier League, so I don't know.

"I'm still growing, so I don't know if I'll stay in Italy, I think I still have more to prove. If I go somewhere else, then too. I will continue to grow. If an offer comes, Atalanta will decide. If something comes up about a transfer, the club has to accept it first, and that is the most important thing."

With Ederson clearly open to a Premier League transfer, Liverpool have now also received the green light to pursue a deal. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Brazil were knocked out of Copa America with Ederson an unused substitute in their quarter-final defeat to Uruguay on penalties.

With his nation now out of the tournament and his focus potentially back on his future, Liverpool have got the green light to enter negotiations with the player and Atalanta if they wish to pursue a potential transfer.

To agree a transfer, Liverpool may have to pay up to €50million (£42.5m) with that mooted as his asking price. The 25-year-old also has transfer interest from Manchester United but they appear focused on Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay star Manuel Ugarte, who played a role in sealing Ederson and Brazil's Copa America exit.