Liverpool transfer news roundup: Diaz rebuffed, latest midfield targets & Kimmich update

Pre-season is underway, the start of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign is but a month off and we are in peak transfer window. Here's everything happening in the world of Liverpool gossip on Thursday...

Liverpool have agreed a £12m (plus add-ons) deal with Al-Ettifaq for Jordan Henderson, according to multiple sources, after the club captain missed the pre-season opener against Karlsruher SC.

According to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, though, Henderson has still not made up his mind about the move...

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace want in excess of £35m for midfielder Cheick Doucoure according to Football Insider.

That seems reasonable, but The Athletic suggest those cheeky Eagles could use Romeo Lavia's £50m valuation as a benchmark to push Doucoure's price tag up. Gulp.

Palace could even have a bidding war on their hands with Standard Sport reporting that PSG are also interested. Double gulp.

The Mail even suggest Palace will hold out for £70m. I mean, come on...

Other names on the world's longest shortlist for Liverpool include Aston Villa's Boubacar Kamara, The Athletic, and Joao Palhinha of Fulham, according to The Echo.

One player not coming in is Joshua Kimmich (sorry), with Bild bursting the bubble around his supposed availability. They say Bayern nichten lichten a move for their third captain. Read more here about why that story never made any sense.

Sticking with defensive midfielders, David Lynch has played suggestions that Benfica's Florentino Luis is an immediate target for Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Football Insider say the Reds have not ruled out selling Thiago this summer — because what's the point of a rebuild if you don't get rid of all your midfielders first?

Fabrizio Romano has said 'here we don't go' regarding Al-Hilal's supposed €50m offer for Luis Diaz. The Colombian is a big part of Jurgen Klopp's plans. Phew.

One tricky winger who could be off though is young Mateusz Musialowski, better known to you and me as 'the Polish Messi'. This Is Anfield claim several Polish clubs are looking at loan-to-buy options for the 19-year-old.

From going to gone. James Balagizi's season-long loan to Wigan Athletic is official. Good luck to the 19-year-old midfielder!

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