Liverpool transfer round-up as Mbappe update provided while Arroyo departs

Liverpool got most of their transfer business done long before transfer deadline day, completing deals for Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago, while none of the rumoured big-money deadline day sales materialised after Rhian Brewster’s switch to Sheffield United on Friday.

Sunday’s heavy defeat by Aston Villa didn’t prompt the Reds to make any last-minute panic buys, though they still have until October 16 to do business – incoming or outgoing – with clubs in the EFL.

The coming days and weeks will also prompt the usual discussions about what Liverpool might get up to in future windows, of course – especially with an international break ensuring there’s less to discuss in terms of Premier League results.

Here are all the updates over potential transfer activity which could be completed in the next 10 days or beyond.

Liverpool ‘are not working’ to sign Mbappe

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While there’s no denying Kylian Mbappe will remain one of the hottest properties in world football next summer, suggestions that Liverpool are pushing to sign the Frenchman appear to be wide of the mark.

Liverpool opted against making a marquee attacking signing during the window just closed, instead addressing more pressing needs elsewhere in the squad, but Mbappe’s name is one which has been mentioned in relation to a move after the 2020/21 season.

However, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, speaking to Oddschecker, there has been no contact over such a move at this stage.

“We have to wait some weeks to understand the real situation but Liverpool are not working to get Mbappe next summer also because if you talk with the president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser al-Khelaifi, about Mbappe, he’s ready to fight,” Romano said, as transcribed by the ECHO.

“It will be a war to get Mbappe next summer, in my opinion. Nasser al-Khelaifi will try to keep him, 100%.”

Millar attracting interest from Championship clubs

After making his first-team debut for Liverpool last season, Liam Millar could soon find himself back out on loan.

The Canada international returned from a stint north of the border with Kilmarnock to play for the Reds against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, and is now attracting interest from Championship sides.

According to Goal, Millwall have entered the race for the young forward, while the 72 notes that Stoke City, QPR and Blackburn Rovers have also been looking at moving for Millar.

Goal’s report also suggests Nat Phillips and Ben Woodburn could yet leave Anfield on loan for an EFL club, with Phillips attracting Championship interest and Woodburn wanted by Hull City in League 1.

Millar and Woodburn have both been involved for Liverpool’s academy side in this season’s EFL Trophy, playing against Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers, but lower-league sides still have plenty of time to wrap up loan deals.

Liverpool confirm Arroyo loan exit

While transfer deadline day was relatively quiet from a Liverpool perspective, the Reds have confirmed one of their fringe players has completed another loan move away from Anfield.

Anderson Arroyo joined from Fortaleza in his native Colombia back in 2018 but has been out on a series of loans ever since, most recently at Czech side Mlada Boleslav.

The defender has now been sent on loan to Salamanca CF UDS, who play in the Spanish Segunda Division B – the third tier of football in the country.

Liverpool confirmed the move on their website, with Salamanca set to play former La Liga champions Deportivo La Coruna in their first league game of the new season.

Arroyo, who made his debut for Colombia’s under-23 side earlier this year as they narrowly missed out on a spot at the Tokyo Olympics, made just five appearances for Mlada Boleslav in last season’s Czech league season.

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