“Open To Proposals” – Romano Issues Update As He Names Liverpool Among 4 PL Clubs Pursuing Euro 2024 Star

Liverpool sporting director Richard Hughes is keeping close tabs on Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Speaking on Playback (quotes via Rousing the Kop), Romano said that Juventus are favourites to sign the Italian, but the Reds are keen on the player, along with Chelsea, Newcastle and Spurs:

“Calafiori already gave his green light for Juventus, this is something he’s been open to doing for a long time. He would be happy to stay in Italy and play for Juventus but there is a big issue between Bologna and Juve.”

“Bologna are open to proposals from abroad. At the moment there is still no formal bid. Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham have been scouting the player, following the player.”

“I see many questions about Liverpool. We have these links to Liverpool because Richard Hughes since he was at Bournemouth knows the player so well, was following him for Bournemouth while he was at Roma. He knows him so well, so let’s see what Liverpool decide to do.”

Calafiori has stood out at Euro 2024

Despite having only been capped twice by Italy heading into the tournament, head coach Luciano Spalletti selected the centre-back in the starting eleven for their opening group match against Albania.

Calafiori impressed observers with his performance, with many tipping the 22-year-old to go on to do even greater things in the future.

Liverpool’s chances of signing the defender hinge on Juventus

With Calafiori having already expressed his preference to join Juve, the Reds may only get the chance to buy the defender if talks with the Bianconeri break down.

Relations between the Bologna and Juve are believed to be pretty difficult at the moment, with Bologna not happy about how their manager Thiago Motta was poached. It’s definitely a situation to keep an eye on.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.