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Liverpool prepare to launch moves for two top prospects and linked to world class forward: Premier League transfer rumours

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is being pursued
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is being pursued
Anthony Martial seems happy with the changes at Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Liverpool will be in need of attacking players come the summer should Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi depart Anfield. The latest rumours link two forwards with moves to Merseyside.

First, the Reds could be set for a sensational swoop for Chelsea's teenage star Callum Hudson-Odoi. Bayern Munich have reportedly made four offers for the England U19 international, even meeting his club's £35m valuation. Chelsea are said to have offered £85k a week to try and entice the 18-year-old to stay at Stamford Bridge but now Bild has claimed that Liverpool have met with the player and his agent brother in an attempt to convince him to move north.

Former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez, meanwhile, has kick-started speculation he could return to end his career at Anfield. The Uruguayan left Merseyside to join Barca in 2014 but has admitted that he will be connected to LFC 'for a lifetime'. When asked about playing for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, he hinted that he would be interested even though it's not something he's worrying about 'at the moment.'

“Currently we work for two different clubs so that's not an issue for me at the moment," he said. “But sure every player would like to train under Jurgen Klopp. Anyone who has ever played in Liverpool remains connected to the club for a lifetime. The team plays terrific football and I am very interested in how they will do this year. I think we can still be prepared for a lot."

Meanwhile, Liverpool and are keen on signing Brazilian full-back Emerson, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Reds are one of 14 clubs reported to be interested in luring the 20-year-old to Europe. Arsenal, Watford and Barcelona are among the other clubs listed. The Brazil U20 international is contracted to his current club until 2022.

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial would like a new Manchester United contract now that Jose Mourinho is history, the Daily Mirror says. Tension between the erstwhile manager and the France forward saw Martial pull out of talks on an extension earlier in the season, the paper reports. Martial is said to be impressed with new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s efforts, which have seen him start in five of seven games under the caretaker. The paper says Martial has directed his agent to sort a deal with United’s top brass.

Anthony Martial seems happy with the changes at Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Manchester City’s hopes of grabbing Juventus forward Paulo Dybala have been shattered after Real Madrid laid down plans for a £90million bid, The Sun reports. Pep Guardiola is said to have been after the 25-year-old Argentinian for several years – even when he was boss at Bayern Munich. However Real are looking to add to their Galacticos and Dybala is reported to be top of the pile.

Aaron Ramsey’s hopes of moving to Juventus appear to hinge on whether Arsenal can complete deals with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez, the Independent says. Should the loan deals with the overseas stars get the green light, Ramsey will be clear to leave for Italian club for a fee of £10million, the paper says.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is said to want to make at least two signings this transfer window (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Doubts are being cast on Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle, the Telegraph reports. The Spanish boss is reportedly ready to turn down a new contact for next season if he cannot land two of his transfer window targets. The manager is said to have given the Newcastle hierarchy a list of his desired signings last month.

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Steven Bergwijn: The PSV Eindhoven winger is wanted by Manchester United, who could be willing to pay out £25million, The Sun says. But Tottenham also look ready to enter the race for the 21-year-old.

Marko Arnautovic: The West Ham forward could be heading for the exit door come the summer if the Hammers can find a favourable deal, according to the Telegraph. The 29-year-old is said to want to leave London Stadium – with interest from the Chinese Super League possibly accelerating a move.

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