Liverpool reject Leipzig’s Fábio Carvalho bid and weigh up Manu Koné move

Liverpool have rejected a bid from RB Leipzig for Fábio Carvalho. Their preference would be to find a loan for the 20-year-old but they could be open to a permanent deal that included a buy-back clause.

Carvalho, who can play in midfield or as a winger, made eight starts last season after joining from Fulham. He was involved in 10 of the first 11 league matches but played only 11 minutes in the league after that and Jürgen Klopp opened the door to a loan last Friday.

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Liverpool are continuing to push to conclude a deal for Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and have the Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Manu Koné on their list of targets. The France Under-21 international was with Toulouse before joining Gladbach two years ago.

Brentford have completed the signing of the goalkeeper Mark Flekken from Freiburg after activating the €13m (£11.2m) release clause. David Raya, who is under consideration by a number of clubs including Tottenham, hopes the deal will clear the way for his departure but the Spaniard’s representatives want the £40m asking price to be lowered.

Crystal Palace are close to signing the midfielder Jefferson Lerma, who is leaving Bournemouth at the end of his contract. Aston Villa have confirmed the departure of Ashley Young, whose deal ends this summer.