Liverpool drop transfer clue as Arne Slot hijacks Inter Milan bid for Brazil international

Brazil's midfielder #15 Joao Gomes, Brazil's defender #25 Lucas Beraldo, Brazil's defender #14 Fabricio Bruno, Brazil's goalkeeper #01 Bento and Brazil's defender #02 Danilo  (front row L-R) Brazil's midfielder #05 Bruno Guimaraes, Brazil's midfielder #10 Rodrygo, Brazil's midfielder #08 Lucas Paqueta, Brazil's midfielder #07 Vinicius Jr, Brazil's defender #06 Wendell and Brazil's midfielder #11 Raphinha  pose for a team photo ahead of the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in north London on March 23, 2024
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Liverpool could lose either Alisson or Caoimhin Kelleher or this summer. The former has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia lately while the latter hasn't been afraid to voice his desire to be a number one.

With Adrian off the books now, too, Arne Slot appears eager to bolster his options between the sticks. However, it could be difficult to replace the Spaniard, with a third-choice goalkeeper aware that minutes on the pitch could be hard to come by.

Nevertheless, if reports are to be believed, a new shot-stopper could very well be a priority for the Reds. So, with that being said, the ECHO has rounded up the latest Liverpool news and transfer gossip.

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Liverpool target new goalkeeper

Liverpool appear to have found a replacement for either Alisson or Caoimhin Kelleher. According to Brazilian publication Globo Esporte, the Reds have entered the race to sign Athletico Paranaense goalkeeper Bento this summer.

The report states that the 25-year-old 'dreamed' of joining Inter Milan, who have shown 'keen interest'. Globo Esporte claim the Italian giants tabled a €15m (£12.7m) bid for Bento, but the Brazilian club rejected their offer.

It's now believed that Inter have turned their attention to Genoa goalkeeper Josep Martínez, leaving the door wide open for Liverpool to wrap up a deal. Bento starred between the sticks when Brazil cruised past England 1-0 at Wembley Stadium back in March.

The ECHO says: "While it's not impossible that Liverpool are looking to replace Adrian with Bento, I think it's very unlikely that would be the case. If the Reds were to sign him, I'd assume the Athletico Paranaense shot-stopper comes in – at least – for Caoimhin Kelleher. Lets see."

Liverpool summer priority revealed

Michael Owen has urged Liverpool to tie Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah down to new, long-term contracts. They both currently see their deals expire in June 2025, which has cast doubt over their futures at Anfield.

"It all depends on what terms and things like that, doesn't it," Owen told DAZN. "There’s always fans out there that are so desperate that say , ‘Just give them whatever they want, out there who a’ and I'm not a person who thinks that, of course.

"But you've got to keep the difference makers. You've got to find difference-makers. Liverpool have probably got three or four in their team that are the difference between, being a decent team and a great team. And every team is the same.

"There will be good players, great players, and then there's just the absolute elite, and Virgil Van Dijk is the absolute elite. Mo Salah in his position, is the absolute elite. If you take both of them out of the team, they're not going to win the league next year.

"They are that important. Unless you replace them obviously with top equal players. So, yes, I would very much like to see Mo Salah and Van Dijk continue. There's no sign of them ageing, apart from, obviously, we all age every single day.

"But there's no sign in their performance that they're ageing. Yeah, I would like to see Liverpool have both of those players for the foreseeable..."

The ECHO says: "Before Arne Slots welcomes any new faces to Anfield, Liverpool absolutely need to tie Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah - as well as Trent Alexander-Arnold down to new contracts. Arguably the Reds' most important business of the summer."