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Liverpool could prioritise ‘better value for money’ signing over Bellingham, says pundit

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Liverpool may prioritise trying to sign Aurelien Tchouameni rather than Jude Bellingham this summer, according to Paul Robinson.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be eyeing a new midfielder this summer. The Reds have not replaced Gini Wijnaldum, who left of a free transfer for PSG last summer. And they are believed to be interested in Bellingham, who pushed his claims for a starting England place this week.

The Sun have claimed that Klopp is “desperate” to secure a record Liverpool transfer for a player he believes will become the “world’s best midfielder” in the near future.

But the profile of the 18-year-old is such that his value is soaring. Speaking on the Kenn7 YouTube channel Paul Joyce claimed Borussia Dortmund value Bellingham at £100m.

According to Bild, Real Madrid are also after the teenager which will undoubtedly drive up the price tag on the former Birmingham man.

And Gareth Southgate hinted this week that Bellingham may have to consider a move to England.

“The financial power of our league is blowing everyone else out of the water so our big teams are going to be the main players in those competitions as they have been in the last years really,” said the England boss.

“We’ve talked to him about his game this week. There are things, understandably for any player, for him to work on and for him some specifics we are looking for from him. But he is very coachable, wants to learn and is highly motivated.”

But Liverpool are also believed to hold an interest in France international Tchouameni.

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein in January, Reds scouts are watching the 22-year-old Monaco man.

Who is better value for money?

He was named Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year last season after a superb breakout campaign.

Monaco are believed to have set his price tag at £83m, as per the Daily Mail, in an attempt to scare off suitors. But it’s thought that a bid of £50m might well tempt Monaco into a sale.

And Robinson believes Liverpool’s recruitment department may well see Tchouameni as better value for money than Bellingham.

“That will be the question the club’s recruitment department are looking at. They have to decide whether he represents better value for money,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“Every club has a pecking order when it comes to transfer targets. The director of football will have a list with numerous names on it.

“I think £60m for a player of Tchouameni’s quality is not a bad price. He is an amazing young player and is one of Europe’s best.

“If you can pick him up for £50m and Bellingham is going to cost £100m, the difference is huge.”

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Premier League  Gives Reason Why Jordan Ayew Was Not Sent Off Against Everton

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Jordan Ayew’s tackle on Anthony Gordon during Everton’s game against Crystal Palace was described as “reckless”, but was not believed to have warranted a red card through VAR.

The Blues found themselves 2-0 down at the break thanks to a header from Jean-Philippe Mateta and a strike from Ayew himself, just a couple of minutes after a hugely contentious challenge.

Right in front of the two dugouts, the Palace forward scythed down his opponent in what looked like a scissor motion.

Everton’s players were incensed and instantly surrounded referee Anthony Taylor. However, the official quickly had a yellow card in his hand and cautioned the Palace man.

The ECHO understands the decision was assessed by VAR Mike Dean, but it was decided that it did not meet the threshold for a red card. It was described as “reckless” which is classed as a yellow card offence.

This adds to a host of decisions that Everton have felt aggrieved by over the course of the season, including most recently a decision to not award Richarlison a penalty against Brentford shortly before Jarrad Branthwaite was handed a red card.

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Billy Sharp Headbutt Gets Nottingham Forest Fan Arrested

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A Nottingham Forest fan who headbutted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp during a pitch invasion has been jailed for 24 weeks and been handed a 10-year football banning order, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.

Robert Biggs, 30, invaded the pitch after Forest won their Championship playoff semifinal against United and made a beeline for Sharp, who was standing by the touchline before he was knocked to the ground.

A 10-year football banning order is maximum length available to the courts.

The CPS authorised charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Biggs pleaded guilty.

“This was an extremely serious and unprovoked assault with a professional footballer standing at the side of the pitch left requiring stitches,” Marianne Connally from the CPS said.

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“Biggs has soured what should have been an incredible moment for the club and its fans. As a result of his actions, he won’t be able to enjoy seeing his club compete in the Premier League should Forest win the Championship playoff final.”

Sharp, who spent a season on loan at Forest, said he would not let one “scumbag” ruin his respect for the club’s fans.

“One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football,” Sharp wrote on Twitter.

Forest beat United on penalties to set up a Championship playoff final against Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on May 29.

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