Liverpool and Arsenal are both pressing to sign Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr, according to reports. The Brazil international has struggled at the Bernabeu this season, scoring just twice from 15 matches. And with the La Liga giants eyeing a move for Kylian Mbappe at the end of the campaign, they’re looking to raise funds.
While Liverpool are still flying high near the top of the Premier League table, their attackers have struggled of late.
The Reds have failed to score in their last three matches and, with Jurgen Klopp eager to retain the title won last year, is on the lookout for reinforcements.
And Spanish website OkDiario say Liverpool, as well as Arsenal, are interested in signing Vinicius from Real Madrid.
It’s claimed the Merseyside giants reached out to the forward’s agent back in the summer but, ultimately, were unable to bring him to Anfield.
Real are ready to cut their losses on Vinicius in order to sign Mbappe, who is their priority transfer target.
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Despite Mohamed Salah insisting he wants to stay at Anfield for life, that hasn’t stopped speculation from arising that Grealish could join as a replacement.
And Ferdinand believes he’d excel at a top club, saying recently: “If I am a manager of a top, top team in England. I don’t allow him to stay there no more. I’d go and take him.”
On whether £70million would be too much for Grealish, he added: “That’s football. £30million was too much when I went. Turned out fine.
“He’s a fantastic player to watch.
“I think when you talk about big numbers like £100m or whatever you are going to talk about.
“It’s not about how good they look. It generally comes down to, are they putting up the numbers to justify that price tag?
“He’s been involved in 12 goals in his last 14 games. That suggests that he’s going to go for big, big dough. He looks good but he’s also producing.
“Does he need to push to get out? I’d suggest he probably does now. That’s the situation he will be in.
“If I am Jack Grealish and a Manchester United, a Liverpool, a Man City or a Chelsea, someone like that wants me then I walk into that office, whoever makes the decisions, and I am asking to leave.”
Liverpool hero Glen Johnson thinks the Reds will have to seek loan deals this winter, especially as they look for defensive reinforcements.
“It’s a tough one. Obviously Hendo and Fabinho are fantastic players and have proved that they can do a job at centre-half,” he said.
“The problem is for Liverpool that if they try to sign someone, whoever comes through the door is going to know that they are third, fourth or even fifth choice come eight months’ time. What player at the top of his game is going to want to do that?
“Possibly a loan, maybe? Possibly someone that knows they are only going to come in until the end of the season. That’s probably a more likely option – but do they need more bodies? Yes, definitely.”