Manchester City & Liverpool battle over £16m Leandro Paredes


AS Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, 22, is at the heart of a transfer battle between Liverpool and Manchester City. Roma are ready talk with interested parties and a fee of £16m is well within both club’s financial reach.

The Argentinean spent last season on loan at Empoli and is keen to stay in Italy. Juventus, perennial Serie A champions, may satisfy that demand but the arrival of Miralem Pjanic, 26, appears to have quashed those hopes.

AS Monaco are keen to take Paredes to France but the two Premier League giants are circling and both can offer the midfielder a higher profile which will bolster his chances of inclusion in future Albiceleste squads.

Whilst Pep Guardiola has largely enjoyed his first transfer window in England, Jurgen Klopp has been frustrated in his attempts to strengthen the Liverpool midfield.

With Jordan Henderson succumbing to injury late last season, the German manager is aware that he lacks depth in the central positions, particularly with Joe Allen’s departure to Stoke City earlier in the summer.

The issues he faces were underlined in 0 – 4 defeat at Mainz on Sunday, twenty-four hours after his first XI had trounced Barcelona by the same scoreline. Returning to the club which offered him his first managerial role, Klopp saw his fringe players well beaten by the Bundesliga outfit.


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