Transfer gossip: Liverpool eye Argentina star as Man Utd target Rennes hitman

Martin Terrier celebrates scoring for Rennes. Credit: Alamy
Martin Terrier celebrates scoring for Rennes. Credit: Alamy

Liverpool are among the clubs eyeing an impossibly-cheap deal for World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister, while Manchester United’s striker search has led them to Rennes…

 

LIVERPOOL IN MAC ALLISTER RACE
With Cody Gakpo wrapped up, it was expected that much of Liverpool’s focus through the early part of 2023 would be on Jude Bellingham. But it seems the pendulum has swung back in Real Madrid’s favour…

Real and Liverpool appear to be the frontrunners for the England midfielder, despite interest also from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. After the World Cup, the speculation suggested the Reds were leading the race, but Goal says Real are best placed to land the Borussia Dortmund teenager.

Apparently, Bellingham remains Real’s priority for next summer, despite earlier noises to the contrary, while the player is said to have ‘informed his entourage’ of his preference to move to Madrid over Merseyside.

Regardless of the outcome of negotiations over Bellingham, it seems Liverpool and Dortmund have a mutual interest in Alexis Mac Allister.

The Brighton star is back on the south coast after winning the World Cup with Argentina. Inevitably, his performances in Qatar have alerted some big-hitters to his talent, with La Repubblica naming Juventus and Benfica, as well as Liverpool and Dortmund, among his suitors.

The story goes that Mac Allister could be available for between £31million and £34million, which is unlikely to be true. Brighton are no mugs when it comes to selling their biggest assets, and Mac Allister is under contract until at least 2025. We’d expect the Seagulls would be looking for at least double that figure.

 

UNITED, SPURS TARGET TERRIER
Manchester United have got a month to source a goalscorer and their search is said to have taken them to France…

According to Media Foot, the Red Devils have been in touch with Rennes over a possible deal to sign Martin Terrier. The 25-year-old scored 21 goals last season and he’s over halfway to matching that total this term, with 11 goals in all competitions as well as four assists.

Terrier was close to making France’s World Cup squad and he was available for around £30million during the summer. That figure is expected to have risen given his continued goalscoring form, with Tottenham rivalling United for Terrier’s signature.

MILAN’S GREAL DEAL
Manchester City are also on the lookout for a forward, though their need is rather less urgent than United’s. Pep Guardiola is willing to wait until the summer before he moves for Rafael Leao.

The Portugal attacker is resisting AC Milan’s attempts to renew his contract, with City and Chelsea jostling for position at the front of the queue.

To sweeten the deal for Milan, Calciomercato says City are prepared to offer Jack Grealish in exchange for Leao. But the Rossoneri are unconvinced by Grealish’s quality, especially considering the wages the England star would command.

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