Liverpool showing transfer interest in Chelsea ace Frank Lampard could sell

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    Liverpool have been linked with a shock swoop for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. The Reds are looking to strengthen at centre-back after selling Dejan Lovren to Zenit Saint-Petersburg.

    Liverpool have Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on their books but a fourth option would be welcome.

    A restricted transfer budget due to the coronavirus crisis will limit the pool of players the Premier League champions could sign.

    Brighton and Hove Albion rising star Ben White, who enjoyed a fantastic loan spell in the Championship with Leeds United, is on the club’s radar.

    But Mundo Deportivo claim Liverpool are interested in Rudiger, who is among a number of players Chelsea are willing to sell to fund their ambitious summer transfer plans.

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    The Germany international has two years left to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge, which means it is probably the club’s final opportunity to extract a hefty transfer fee.

    Chelsea are looking to sign a central defender to plug their leaky backline after recording the worst goals against record in the Premier League top 10.

    West Ham ace Declan Rice and Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid are leading targets but one of Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma or Fikayo Tomori must be sold.

    Rudiger is coming off the back of a campaign punctuated by injury and mixed form which limited him to 28 appearances across all competitions.

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    Meanwhile, Liverpool have completed their first summer signing on Monday after Kostas Tsimikas put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

    The Greece international arrives from Olympiacos for £11.75million and will provide back-up to Andy Robertson at left-back.

    Liverpool pursued Tsimikas after cooling their interest in Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis due to the Canaries’ £20m asking price.

    The 24-year-old is looking forward to working with Klopp, and said: “I’m very excited because for me, he is one of the best coaches in the world. I am very excited that he would choose me to be one of the left-backs of the team.”

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