Ornstein reveals Liverpool are ‘pushing ahead’ with transfer talks for £60m man as Newcastle pull out

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Liverpool transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai
Dominik Szoboszlai looks dejected after missing a chance.

Liverpool are now ready to pursue a transfer for RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, according to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein.

The Reds are looking to sign one or two more midfielders this summer after losing Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner on free transfers.

They have already sealed the signing of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton for the bargain price of £35m and have been linked with numerous other players.

Ornstein brought us a solid link earlier this week with the news that Szoboszlai has emerged as a target for Liverpool but it was understood a deal could be difficult.

It has been subsequently claimed by Bild reporter Christian Falk that the Hungary international would be “very interested” in a move to Anfield.

Falk wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Dominik Szoboszlai is willing to leave Leipzig. This could be interesting. He has this release clause we talked about of €70m euros, which runs out on Friday 29th June. They are quite hard on the point of €70m (£60m) even beyond the release clause going – they won’t go under. There aren’t any concrete offers on the table.

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“I think Premier League is his target. So Liverpool could fit that and then everybody’s happy. He’s very interested in a move to Liverpool.”

And now Ornstein has revealed a fresh update with Liverpool now “ready to push ahead with a deal” for the RB Leipzig attacking midfielder.

There have been claims that Newcastle had made him a target but Ornstein insists that Eddie Howe’s men “have now left the way clear for Liverpool”.

Despite The Athletic journalist saying a deal could be difficult to complete, Ornstein now reports that “the dynamic has shifted in the past 24 hours” and that the Reds recruitment team now “appear to have been given confidence that it is possible”.

Although Fabio Carvalho’s loan move to Leipzig is “unrelated” to the deal for Szoboszlai, a possible deal for the Hungarian came up during negotiations for the Portuguese youngster.

Ornstein acknowledges the “conflicting reports” about the expiry of Szoboszlai’s €70m release clause, with rumours it could expire today, but says “regardless the move will involve a significant financial outlay”.

Szoboszlai contributed six goals and eight assists in 31 appearances last season as Leipzig finished third behind Bayern Munich and Dortmund in the Bundesliga table.