Liverpool transfer round-up: Deal hangs on Champions League result amid Sadio Mane gossip

Today’s the day!

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, aiming to win a seventh European Cup. The Reds have previously beaten the Spanish giants in Paris before, recording a 1-0 victory to win the same competition in 1981. Four years ago, however, they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Real in Kyiv. It’s impossible to predict how Saturday’s final will go.

Although all eyes are on Paris, Liverpool’s new sporting director Julian Ward will still be wondering how he can strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s fabulous team in the transfer window. Here, Mirror Football rounds-up the latest rumours from Anfield.

Final result crucial

The Champions League final result could decide whether Liverpool will try to sign Darwin Nunez

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The result of the Champions League final will have an impact on the future of Darwin Nunez, according to Portuguese outlet Record via Sport Witness.

Liverpool and Real are both believed to be interested in signing the 22-year-old, who’s also been linked with Manchester United. Nunez has scored 34 goals in all competitions this season, including two against the Reds in their European quarter-final.

Klopp is said to be a fan the Uruguayan and is aware of his €100million (around £85m) price tag. It’s claimed Saturday evening’s result will decide whether Liverpool and Real pursue a transfer, although it’s unclear what result will make an impact.

Firmino dismisses speculation

Roberto Firmino wants to stay at Liverpool

Roberto Firmino wants to stay at Liverpool
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Roberto Firmino has pledged his future to Liverpool after ex-goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek urged his former employers to sign Robert Lewandowski.

The Poland international, 33, is one of the best strikers in Europe – scoring 50 goals in 46 appearances for Bayern Munich this season. He has just one year remaining on his existing deal and is not interested in extending his stay in Bavaria.

“He has been the best striker in Europe for many years and the last 10 seasons at Bayern have been incredible, with eight championships and I think six times top scorer in the Bundesliga,” Dudek told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“He is an incredible player and I am surprised that Barcelona are interested in him. I think the best thing for him would be to go to the Premier League, because he is strong, fast and, in my opinion, where he would fit best is in Klopp’s Liverpool.

“I know that Firmino is there, but he is not always one hundred per cent and I think that for Lewandowski it would be the best scenario.”

Despite Dudek’s comments, Firmino wants to stay on Merseyside. The 30-year-old has played a crucial role in Liverpool’s recent success, scoring 98 goals in 326 outings for the club since joining in July 2015. He has 13 months remaining on his existing deal.

“I’m very happy here,” said Firmino on Friday. “I’m grateful to God that I’m here playing for a great club with great players, winning titles. And my will is to stay. My wish is to stay here. I want to be here. I’m happy here. So that’s all I can say, I want to stay.”

Mane’s decision coming

Sadio Mane is keeping quiet about his future

Sadio Mane is keeping quiet about his future
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Sadio Mane has promised to reveal his future after the Champions League final.

The 30-year-old’s current deal expires in just 13 months’ time and rumours suggest he’s on the verge of joining Bayern. Mane is among the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or and Liverpool will be desperate to tie him down to a new long-term contract.

“Honestly I think the answer I can give you now is I feel very good, and I am fully focused on the Saturday game, that is the answer I must give before the final,” said Mane. “But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.”

Mane went on to say: “For now let’s go and win the Champions League because I have no time for other things. I will do everything possible to win it because it is my and all the boys’ biggest dream, then I will give you the answers.

“I love what I am doing and I sacrifice myself all the time; I am working hard every single day on the pitch and in the gym and I get better and better, that’s the most important. I am trying my best to help the team.”

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