Liverpool report: First two summer signings decided

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a training session at AXA Training Centre on January 05, 2023 in Kirkby, England.
(Image credit: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool have already set their heart on their first two summer signings, with more to join this summer.

The Reds look set for a big summer rebuild after likely missing out on Champions League football this season. recent reports have stated that Liverpool can't afford to compete for Jude Bellingham for nine figures – so the club have pivoted towards lower fees for a few more players instead.

Jurgen Klopp is said to want to bring at least two midfielders to the club ahead of next season, ruling out the chance of a move for Borussia Dortmund's Bellingham. Apparently, the first two signings have already been decided on, too.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham applauds fans after his side's World Cup defeat to France in Qatar.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham is off the table for Liverpool, given that he's too expensive (Image credit: Getty Images)

According to the Express, the first two stars to link up with the Reds this summer will be Alexis Mac Allister and Ryan Gravenberch.

Dutch outlet Telegraaf has claimed that representatives of Bayern Munich star Gravenberch met up with Liverpool chiefs in Amsterdam to discuss a deal, just a year after the Dutch midfielder joined the Bundesliga champions. Though it's been denied that Bayern are open to offers, the youngster has struggled to cement a regular place in the side ahead of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.

Mac Allister, meanwhile, looks certain to depart Europe-chasing Brighton & Hove Albion following interest from Premier League rivals. In his Daily Briefing, Italian journalist and prolific transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed that, “Alexis Mac Allister and his camp consider a summer move away from Brighton as 100% guaranteed,” with Liverpool a suitor. 

With Gravenberch thought to be worth £25 million to Bayern and Mac Allister pushing £60m, Klopp could feasibly do deals for both with the Bellingham money and have enough funds left over for another player. 

Argentina's Alexis Mac Allister kisses the World Cup trophy after victory over France in Qatar.

Alexis Mac Allister is "guaranteed" to leave Brighton (Image credit: Getty Images)

It's believed that Liverpool are in the market for more defensive cover, while a full-back has been touted, too. Should the Merseysiders sell players, they may be able to bolster their transfer fund, too.

Caoimhin Kelleher, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Kostas Tsimikas have been rumoured as potential players to sell in the last year or so. 

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Liverpool's failed pursuit of Jude Bellingham has led to discussion over who is to blame, with This Is Anfield writing that the fault lies with both Jurgen Klopp and ownership FSG for FourFourTwo.

The Reds are looking at a number of possible alternatives, including Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern MunichInter Milan star Nicolo BarellaBrighton midfielder Moises Caidedo and Chelsea fringe midfielder Conor Gallagher. Ex-Red Jose Enrique has questioned whether the Merseysiders even needed Bellingham, anyway.

Meanwhile, there could be significant outgoings from Anfield this summer. Mohamed Salah has apparently enquired about a move to SpainJurgen Klopp is a target for Real Madrid if Carlo Ancelotti departs and Roberto Firmino has reportedly agreed a deal with Los Blancos when his Liverpool contract expires. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.