Thursday’s Liverpool FC news roundup brings updates on midfield targets Alexis Mac Allister and Manuel Ugarte, along with sporting director talks.

Mac Allister talks ‘advancing’ and Ugarte “will leave”

If reports abroad are to be believed, Liverpool are pushing forward with deals for two high-profile midfield targets ahead of the summer’s rebuild.

A move for Mac Allister is “advancing more and more,” according to TyC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, with their pitch to the Brighton midfielder “already under analysis.”

Liverpool have offered a five-year contract, with the player’s agent and father, Carlos, weighing up offers before a “final decision” is made upon the campaign’s conclusion.

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Meanwhile, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claim that the Reds are “positioned to welcome” Ugarte to England after talks between the Uruguayan’s agent and Sporting CP this week.

2KCXNP7 Manuel Ugarte of Sporting CP during the Liga Bwin match between Sporting CP and Boavista FC at Estadio Jose Alvalade on December 11, 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Paulo Nascimento/NurPhoto)

“It’s almost certain that he won’t stay,” representative Jorge Chijane said. “It’s sure he’ll leave.”

However, while Chijane expects the matter to be resolved “in 15 days,” he added that Liverpool are “not the only club” interested.

Elsewhere in the transfer market, Football Insider‘s David Lynch has confirmed the club’s interest in 34-year-old goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

Zieler, who has a year left on his terms at Hannover 96, would be eligible as a homegrown player due to his time at Man United