Liverpool hand Klopp £164m to sign four stars before deadline, including ‘chosen’ Caicedo alternative

Joe Williams
Liverpool transfer target Noussair Mazraoui
Noussair Mazraoui has been linked with a move to Liverpool.

Liverpool are set to give Jurgen Klopp £164m to sign up to four players before the transfer deadline, according to reports.

The Reds signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai earlier on in the transfer window as they looked to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita, who all left on free transfers at the end of June.

However, the unexpected departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia means Klopp needs at least another one or two midfielders this summer.

Klopp confirmed yesterday that they had made a bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo with other reports confirming that the offer of around £110m has been accepted by the Seagulls.

But the Ecuador international has now apparently made it clear that he wants to join Chelsea over the Reds with the Blues set to make an offer around the same price for Caicedo.

Liverpool have also had multiple bids turned down for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia with the Reds unwilling to match the Saints’ £50m asking price for the 19-year-old Belgium international.

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And now Spanish publication Nacional insist that Liverpool will spend €190m (£164m) in the final weeks of the transfer window as they look to ‘satisfy’ Klopp.

The German is ‘not satisfied’ with his additions to date as he wants more numbers and will be given the ‘budget’ to land as many as four new faces before the deadline.

It is understood that their ‘big priority’ is still Lavia at Southampton, who has been ‘chosen’ as the main alternative to Caicedo, with the report insisting that they will close an agreement with the Saints over the next few days.

They also have ‘very serious interest’ in Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram with the Frenchman hoping ‘to change scenery this year, and try his luck at a more ambitious club’.

The €35m it would take to sign Thuram would leave Klopp plenty in his budget to ‘sign a striker and a right-back’ too with Borussia Dortmund’s Donyell Malen on the German’s radar.

And Liverpool are ready to offer ‘more than’ €65m to bring the Netherlands international to Anfield after he scored 10 goals in 35 matches last term.

Morocco international Noussair Mazraoui, who came through the youth ranks at Ajax, is the option he ‘likes the most’ at right-back and ‘they hope to get him out of Bayern Munich for around’ €30m.