Liverpool morning news: Portuguese starlet linked, young Reds prepare for Cup clash

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A selection of the latest news surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning

Liverpool are said to be in the hunt for Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese starlet Carlos Mane according to Sky Sports.

However they are facing stiff competition from other Premier League clubs if they want to land the 19-year-old winger with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all interested in him.

His agent Dan Chapman seemed to indicate that a move away from the club was not yet imminent but didn’t rule out the possibility in the future.

He said: ‘Carlos is concentrating on maintaining a place in the Sporting first team.

‘I am aware of a number of clubs with real interest and who are keeping tabs on him, and it has to be said that whilst a move to the Premier League is the ultimate goal for Carlos at some point in the future… some Bundesliga and Serie A clubs may appear to be more advanced in their interest at this stage.’

One Liverpool target who is on the move in the summer is Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena, but the 29-year-old midfielder won’t discuss his next destination until after the World Cup with Arsenal also said to be interested.

Reports in Italy claim the Gunners want to sign French international Bacary Sagna from Arsenal, who is available on a free transfer at the end of the season. Gianluca di Marzio claims Liverpool have made the French international right-back an offer which he is weighing up.

Inter Milan and PSG are also interested while Arsenal want to convince him to re-sign.

TalkSport cites quotes from Le 10 Sport from Valbuena, who says: ‘I can only say that this is my final season here, but I do not want to talk about my future. Now I want to make the best [season] possible with Marseille and my dream is to play in the World Cup in Brazil. Afterwards we will see.’

Away from transfers, Liverpool’s youngsters are in FA Youth Cup action this evening as they travel to Watford in a bid to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Their coach Neil Critchley told the Liverpool Echo: ‘It will be a tough game for us.

‘We’ve done well to get past Blackpool and Aston Villa but there is a long way to go in this competition and we need to step it up.’

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