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Liverpool target's release clause to rise to €100m

Sporting Lisbon want to increase the release clause of Liverpool target Gelson Martins to €100 million, reports Record .

Martins has been linked with a move to Liverpool as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who is edging nearer to a move to Barcelona .

Winger Martins has enjoyed an impressive season for Sporting and club president Bruno de Carvalho is looking to raise his release clause from €60m to €100m.

Juventus admit Emre Can admiration

Emre Can Liverpool

Juventus boss Max Allegri has admitted that he sees Liverpool midfielder Emre Can as a "talented" player amid speculation linking the Germany international with a move to Italy.

Can's contract is up at the end of the season and he is now free to start negotiating terms over a Bosman move, with Juve set to pounce.

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Can picks Juventus move

Emre Can Liverpool

Emre Can will be moving from Liverpool to Juventus, but not until June, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .

The midfielder will sign with the Italian side once he is permitted to, and it remains to be seen if the club will be willing to let him go in the winter window now that they know he's chosen to leave. 

Klopp: Coutinho saga not a distraction

HD Phil Coutinho Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp does not think that the drama around Barcelona's chase of Philippe Coutinho is a distraction for his side. 

Liverpool face a Merseyside derby in the FA Cup on Friday, but the German boss believes his players will not be focused on matters away from the pitch, despite news that Barcelona are nearing a record transfer for the Brazilian

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Morata sends Coutinho warning to Madrid

Coutinho, Liverpool

Real Madrid have been warned of the threat a Barcelona deal for Philippe Coutinho would offer by none other than former Blancos' striker Alvaro Morata, claims Diario Gol .

According to the Spanish outlet, the former Madrid striker has sent a firm warning to his old club that the Brazilian would be a perfect fit for their rivals, and that Barcelona landing him would lead to improved performances for both Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi. 

The report claims that Morata's first-hand experience against Coutinho has wowed him, and he fears a move to Barcelona will make the Catalans, who are already 11 points clear in La Liga, even more dominant. 

Sunderland set to seal Woodburn loan

Ben Woodburn

Sunderland are set to seal a loan deal for Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn, according to the Daily Mail

Black Cats boss Chris Coleman is ready for a youth movement, claiming he would rather have young players than those who have lost their heart for the game. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has agreed to let the young striker leave on loan, and it is thought that he will link up with Coleman and Sunderland as they fight the drop in the Championship.

Coutinho close to record Barcelona deal

Coutinho, Camp Nou

Philippe Coutinho is close to completing a club record €150 million move to Barcelona from Liverpool, Goal understands.

The Brazilian is set to become the third most expensive player in history, surpassed only by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and Monaco respectively.

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Jardim says Lemar won't be sold in January

Thomas Lemar Monaco

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his side will not allow Thomas Lemar to leave the club this January.

The 22-year-old is a long-term target of Liverpool and Arsenal, but Jardim says Lemar won't be leaving Monaco until summer at the earliest.

"Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It's our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here," Jardim said.

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Puel insists Mahrez is happy at Leicester

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.

Many of Europe's biggest clubs have been monitoring the Algerian attacker, who handed in a transfer request this summer that ultimately went unfulfilled. 

"He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing," Puel said.

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Liverpool eyeing shock Alexis move

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Liverpool are considering a shock move that would see them sign Alexis Sanchez to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Don Balon .

The Reds are on the verge of selling Coutinho to Barcelona, and while Alexis seems poised to join Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp's side reportedly are prepared to make a last-minute bid for the Arsenal star.