Liverpool latest: Including Mkhitaryan plea and Sturridge belief

All of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been urged to stay at the club by manager Mircea Lucescu. The midfielder has been strongly tipped to make the switch to Liverpool but his current boss appears to be making a last ditch plea to try and sign the Armenian.

Liverpool could still sign Tom Ince from Championship side Blackpool. Cardiff City have put in an £8 million bid but due to a clause in his current contract, Liverpool still have a chance to match that offer and buy Ince if they respond to Cardiff’s offer by the end of tomorrow.

Spanish side Valencia are thought to be preparing a move to sign Gerard Deulofeu on loan from Barcelona. Liverpool were strongly linked as being close to a deal last week. Any of the sides interested in the teenager could buy him permanently if they come up with his buy-out clause which is around the £30 million mark.

Swansea City have reiterated they will not be letting Ashley Williams leave the club if their asking price for the defender is not met. Liverpool and Arsenal are competing for the £10 million rated player but it now appears that Liverpool have no room to bargain over the fee.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has backed the team to compete for silverware next season. Sturridge says the philosophy Brendan Rodgers has created around the club has given the Liverpool squad genuine belief that they can compete for trophies in the new campaign.

Liverpool are expected to sign Sergi Canos from Barcelona this week. A local newspaper has reported that a deal is on the cards, which will see Liverpool trump several other sides to the signing of the highly talented teenager, who would go into the club’s youth system.

Monaco are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Lille full back Lucas Digne. The defender has been linked with Liverpool for the last couple of months but the Anfield side are in no position to match Monaco financially, as they continue to spend and recruit.

Dutch club Feyenoord are reportedly targeting Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi. The youngster is expected to move on from Anfield in this transfer window following the progression of Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe as well as the recent signing of Luis Alberto who can also play out wide.

Liverpool’s squad return to training this week. The pre-season schedule will get underway with a slightly later start for the players who have been away on international duty. Liverpool play their first friendly of pre-season against football league side Preston North End.

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