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Liverpool could land target for bargain fee as Chelsea star’s value doubles

End of internatio­nal break in sight and fans can look forward to clubs returning to action this weekend

- Georgia Goulding

Liverpool could be in store for quite a busy summer transfer window for a number of reasons. Last summer, the Reds were unable to focus on anything but plugging the gaps left by their five departing midfielder­s – and trying to fend off Saudi Arabian teams throwing absurd money at Mohamed Salah.

They made no signings in the January window despite being hampered by injuries to key players, and Liverpool are also due to see some senior personnel leave the club this summer when their contracts expire.

New midfielder­s and defenders remain a priority for the Reds, who are preparing for their first transfer window without manager Jurgen Klopp.

They recently identified Nottingham Forest's Murillo as a target for the end of the season.

Naturally, Forest are desperate to keep hold of the 21-year-old, who only joined them last summer. However, they may have their hands tied.

According to Football Insider, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side may be forced to cash in on Murillo if they are relegated or their financial situation demands them to raise funds.

Their initial asking price for the centreback was in the £40-50million region, but the report states that Forest may have no choice but to slash these demands in order to sanction a sale for the greater good.

Another report from Football Insider claims that Chelsea, amid their plans to shift some weight this summer, have valued star player Cole Palmer at a whopping £85million, just six months after bringing him to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City.

The Blues snapped up the versatile England internatio­nal for £40million in September, meaning that any club wanting to sign Palmer this summer will need to fork out more than double what Chelsea paid less than a year ago.

The powers that be at the Bridge are also reportedly looking to offer the 21-year-old a bumper new contract, which could all be part of their plan to keep him at the club for as long as possible.

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