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Liverpool join race to sign dynamic Serie A midfielder; Man Utd given free run at West Ham attacker

Liverpool have joined the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on a free transfer, while Friday’s transfer gossip claims that Manchester United have got a free run at Jarrod Bowen and Aston Villa could land Philippe Coutinho for less than his £33m asking price.

LIVERPOOL JOIN KESSIE RACE

Liverpool are reportedly battling Barcelona and PSG to land AC Milan’s Franck Kessie on a free transfer this summer.

Tottenham and Manchester United were thought to be leading the Premier League charge to sign the 25-year-old.

However, a report from Marca states that the Reds are now the leading English contender to sign the player.

Kessie’s contract runs out in June, and although he is said to favour a move to Barcelona their financial issues could still scupper that move.

The Ivory Coast star’s current salary is also a respectable one at just £69,000-a-week. Although they will have to be increased significantly, that is not something that would be a problem for the Reds.

Kessie is viewed as a more dynamic version of Naby Keita, who could end up being offloaded if the Milan star comes in.

Clubs outside of Italy are currently free to discuss terms with Kessie over a summer switch. However, it would appear that nothing concrete has happened just yet.

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DIAZ DEAL LEAVES BOWEN DOOR OPEN FOR MAN UTD

Manchester United could benefit from Liverpool’s signing of Luis Diaz in January, with the Reds almost certainly ending their interest in Jarrod Bowen as a result.

The West Ham attacker, who is fine form this season, has been on Jurgen Klopp’s radar for the past couple of seasons.

However, the Anfield outfit were forced into signing Diaz in January after Tottenham opened talks to sign their top summer target.

And with Diaz now on board, Klopp has more than enough attacking options at his disposal – seemingly leaving a move for Bowen dead in the water.

That is where United come in, according to the Manchester Evening News.

They claim that Old Trafford chiefs could swoop for the former Hull star, who has scored 11 goals in 34 games this season.

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