LIVERPOOL’S obsession with raiding Southampton looks set to continue with reports Jurgen Klopp wants to sign midfielder Mario Lemina.
L’Equipe tips that the Reds – who have already signed Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk from the club in the last four years – want to make the Gabon international Naby Keita’s midfield partner next season.
Lemina, previously of Juventus and Marseille, has reportedly caught Klopp’s eye since arriving on the south coast.
These rumours come amidst continued reports that Emre Can is on his way to Juventus, even though no formal call has been made on his future, reports Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, reports linking the Reds with goalkeeper Alison Becker, from Roma, continue to mount.
This time, it’s The Mirror, suggesting he favours a move to Liverpool despite interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with Brazilian site UOL claiming he will become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, eclipsing Ederson at Manchester City.
These reports come after Liverpool have pledged to back boss Klopp in the transfer market after their accounts returned to profit with a £39 million ($53 million, 44 million euros) surplus recorded in the latest financial results.
The Reds had made a £21 million loss for the year ending May 2016, but they benefited from a £30 million increase in media revenue from the first year of the new three-season Premier League broadcast deal.
Liverpool’s commercial revenue grew by £20 million thanks to 12 new sponsorship partnerships.
A first season for Anfield’s expanded Main Stand saw match day revenue increase by £12 million to £74 million mainly as a result of increased hospitality sales.
Liverpool’s overall revenue for the financial year to May 31, 2017 increased by £62 million to £364 million – a sharp rise of 20.5 percent.
The figures do not take into account Liverpool’s combined spend of £80 million on Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson last year.
Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million arrival from Southampton and Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million sale to Barcelona — both deals happened in January — are also not included.
Although bank debt rose from £22 million to £67 million through spending on capital infrastructure and player recruitment, Klopp will be allowed to make more new signings when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
“Performance on the pitch and the reinvestment in our squad is always a priority and following the club’s record signing last month we will look to invest again in the summer,” Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes said.
“Progress on and off the pitch is critical to the growth of this football club – we all want success and everything we’re doing is geared toward fulfilling our football ambitions.” Meanwhile, figures up to November 30, 2017 show that Arsenal Holdings plc now has cash reserves of £137.6million – up £37.1 million on their 2016 results.
However, Arsenal’s football turnover decreased £23.4 million after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and are instead competing in the less lucrative Europa League this season.