Michael Edwards transfer 'plan' emerges as Liverpool approached for summer deal

Michael Edwards is the CEO of Football for FSG
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Arne Slot has been Liverpool's head coach for a week and will likely have been spending that time getting up to speed with the job ahead.

The Reds do not return for pre-season training until next month. After that, Slot and Co will travel to the United States for three friendly matches ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

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Away from the action on the pitch, there is also going to be plenty of transfer speculation surrounding Liverpool over the next couple of months. The Reds are yet to sign any new players but the rumours are likely to persist until the window closes.

The ECHO has taken a look at some of the latest Liverpool news and gossip that has been doing the rounds in the last 24 hours.

Michael Edwards plan emerges

According to Football Insider, Liverpool will only look to target players who are aged 25 or under this summer. The report states that FSG CEO of football Michael Edwards will use a "data-based" system alongside Reds sporting director Richard Hughes to target new signings when the transfer window opens.

The summer window will officially open on June 14, after which time Liverpool will be able to agree deals for new signings.

The ECHO says: Liverpool have already been linked with a host of potential new signings, and the majority of them will fit into the age profile mentioned in the report. Signing a player aged 25 or under fits into the FSG model of adding ability to the squad with also the potential to improve, so it would be fair to assume this article may have some basis of truth.

Liverpool approached for defender

According to The Athletic, Mainz have already made an approach to Liverpool in an effort to sign Sepp van den Berg. The report claims that the Bundesliga club want to sign Van den Berg on a permanent deal this summer after spending last season on loan.

However, the report claims that Liverpool and Mainz do not share the same valuation of the player. The Reds are reportedly seeking £20million for Van den Berg, and it remains a possibility that he could be part of Slot's squad during pre-season training which begins next month.

The ECHO says: Despite joining Liverpool five years ago, Van den Berg has only made four first-team appearances for the club and has spent the majority of that time on loan elsewhere. It's not the Reds' decision to sell the centre-back that has made headlines but rather the apparent price tag, and to some degree that should also not be a surprise with Edwards' influence on player valuations likely to become a theme as the summer goes on.