Leny Yoro makes Liverpool 'decision' as 'personal terms agreed' and transfer priority emerges

Leny Yoro of Lille OSC
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Arne Slot has a busy summer ahead of him as Liverpool gear up for another Premier League title race.

The Reds continue to be linked with some big names, but they're still yet to welcome any new faces to Anfield. Last year, Liverpool forked out almost £200m on four new midfielders after Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and James Milner all departed.

As for Slot's backline, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold face somewhat uncertain futures, with both their contracts expiring in June 2025. So, with that being said, the ECHO has rounded up the latest Reds news and transfer gossip in the media.

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Yoro makes transfer decision

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow to their hopes of signing Leny Yoro this summer. As previously reported by the ECHO, the 18-year-old defender is a player of interest to the Reds.

But according to The Athletic, Yoro has informed Real Madrid that he wants to join the Spanish giants. The report states that the teenage sensation is happy with the personal terms on offer from Madrid, but the two clubs haven't agreed on a fee yet as Lille hold out for around €60m (£50.6m).

The ECHO says: "Leny Yoro would be an excellent signing for Liverpool, so it'd be a shame if the Reds miss out. I personally think Arne Slot needs to sign two defenders this summer: Riccardo Calafiori, who can cover left-back and centre-back, and a potential long-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk.

"Yoro would've been the perfect heir to the Dutchman's throne; he could spend the next couple of years under his wing before becoming a staple in the XI alongside Ibrahima Konate."

Endo names Liverpool transfer priority

Wataru Endo has urged Arne Slot to sign a new holding midfielder this summer.

Speaking to ABEMA Sports Time, as quoted by MSN, the Liverpool man said: "I don't care about those reports, but I also think it would be better to get the number six midfielder.

"I think there is a possibility that they are viewing a number 10 player [Alexis] Mac Allister as a number six, anchor, but at the moment there aren't many number six players to begin with."

Endo added: "Considering my age, I think it might be okay for me to get the number six. But if it ultimately makes the team stronger, then I'm all for it, because there will be competition and I just have to win my position again.

"So I'm not really worried about it, and in fact, I think it might be okay if I win."

The ECHO says: "Wataru Endo is not wrong. If Arne Slot wants to have Liverpool compete for the Premier League title, then I feel he needs to sign a holding midfielder this summer. Every successful team has a rock in the middle of the park that shields the backline and glues everybody together."