Liverpool set to beat Real Madrid to Celta Vigo star to complete £154.8m new-look midfield
Liverpool are reportedly now leading the race for Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga as the Reds look to complete a trio of midfield signings this summer.
Veiga has caught the eye of top European sides this season with nine goals and four assists in 32 appearances for the La Liga side this season.
Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been credited with interest in Veiga, but TEAMtalk claim Liverpool are now in the driving seat to secure his signing.
Cadena Cope claim Real’s plan, should they land the Spain U21 international would be to loan him out next season, but their offer of €30m falls short of €40m (£34.8m) his release clause.
Liverpool are willing to meet that price with Jurgen Klopp thought to be a big admirer Veiga, who he believes could develop significantly under his watch at Anfield.
Veiga will be joining further new midfielders on Merseyside should he make the switch this summer, with the Daily Mirror claiming they’re also looking to complete a £120m double deal for Mason Mount and Alexis Mac Allister.
Mac Allister’s signing could be tricky though, with The Athletic claiming on Monday that the World Cup winner wants to be playing Champions League football next season, which – barring a real f*** up from either Manchester United or Newcastle – would rule Liverpool out.
Though a slightly less convincing source has called bullsh*t on that and claims Liverpool are still ‘closing in’ on a £70m deal for Mac Allister. We don’t know what to believe.
A move for Mason Mount may actually prove to be more simple, because although recent reports have suggested Chelsea are keen to retain the England international, it was claimed on Monday that Mauricio Pochettino would need ‘a miracle’ to keep him.
Pochettino is set to be announced as Chelsea’s new permanent boss at the end of the season but ‘faces a massive uphill battle to keep’ Mount.
The 24-year-old’s contract was thought to be a priority for the former Spurs boss, but a report claims his imminent appointment has come ‘too late to save negotiations’ with Mount ‘set to leave’.
Liverpool are set to offer Chelsea £50m for Mount.
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