Liverpool get Anthony Gordon transfer greenlight as crucial £100m decision made

Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon celebrates.
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Liverpool have reportedly not made any more enquiries over Anthony Gordon's future at Newcastle United but reports of interest from Manchester City have been rubbished.

According to Chronicle Live, the Magpies are preparing to give the 23-year-old a "warm welcome" upon his return to the North East from England international duty after facing intense speculation over his future at St James' Park. In the report, it has been claimed that the Reds have made no further enquiries for the boyhood red after reports at the end of June.

He was offered as part of a swap deal for Jarell Quansah but the move broke down after the Reds' reluctance to part ways with the Kirkby academy graduate that broke through last season. A report over the weekend from Football Insider suggested that City were weighing up a move for Gordon after the uncertainty surrounding trio Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne.

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However, the Chronicle has dismissed that notion after club sources described the reports as "untrue". New head coach Arne Slot and sporting director Richard Hughes admitted that there will be business at Anfield, while Slot turned down the opportunity to divulge in his plans, the former AFC Bournemouth chief said: "We need to improve; we need to improve on the training pitch first and foremost, as Arne said. With the window open, we'll always be opportunistic if we can.

"It is hard to say and speak industry-wide," he added when asked about the quiet start to the transfer window. "Naturally, when major competitions are on in the summer, World Cup, European Championship, in this case a Copa America and the Olympics as well, so there is a lot of football being played.

"The attention is there. After the flurry in June, it will calm down now is my prediction for the month of July. Then, like always, when August starts and coaches have had more time to work with players, I think the opinions will then be more set at football clubs.

"You then may see a situation in August, like in previous seasons, there is a little bit of a hurry to get things done and to make sure everyone's squads are in order. I don’t think this will be any different, but who knows what will transpire economically? It is hard to say and speak for other clubs. I see a quiet July, then a crescendo in August."

Should Liverpool develop their interest from admirers into a concrete approach, they could be forced to break the bank for Newcastle's player of the season. Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport that the four-time England international could be valued at around £100million.

"As soon as the Anderson and Minteh deals happened, the door was shut," he said. "Now Newcastle view Gordon as near untouchable. So, the only way the Liverpool move will happen is if they meet the £100million valuation.

"Liverpool sources had always indicated, long before the deadline, that as much as they liked the player, they were not prepared to do that. I think Gordon will come back from the Euros and have to put his head down and focus on Newcastle.

"I think we should say as well, as much as Liverpool is indeed a move that Gordon would relish, he’s not unhappy at Newcastle, either."