Damien Comolli har bekräftat att Liverpool letar för fullt efter nya talanger. Man letar överallt – även i Kina.

”We’ve organised things in China, organised games to watch, trials to watch, we’ll watch young players, and it’ll be very interesting for us to see what level there is,” sa Comolli till LFCtour.com.

”It’s a bit difficult to assess China’s football because they don’t qualify often for the World Cups, the full one or the U17 or U20 World Cups.

”As everyone knows, China has got a fantastic basketball player, Yao Ming, they are very good in track and field, so there is no reason we can’t find a player there. Obviously in a few days we might not find someone but we’ll have a good understanding of the level there is and of Chinese players.”

Comolli har gjort sitt yttersta för att hitta kinesiska talanger. Några ska provträna med Liverpools akademi i juli: ”When we knew we were going to China we got in touch with some Chinese officials and we said, ’Can we have a look at the best players you think you have in the country?’

”Some we will look at over there and a couple, who we think are two of the best U17s in the national team, will come and train with our Academy in July. That’s going to be very interesting.”

Comolli bekräftar även att Liverpool har scouter på plats i sommarens ungdomsturneringar, som till exempel U17-VM, där ju England åkte ut mot Tyskland.

”We have two scouts at the U17 World Cup and they’ve identified several targets from all over the world,” sa Comolli. ”Then we’ve got two scouts going to the U20 World Cup. We try to be everywhere. It’s very difficult to be everywhere, but we certainly try to be everywhere where we think there are quality players.”

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Scott Dann försöker tvinga fram en flytt till Liverpool (Twitter).

Liverpool är fortsatt beslutsamma om att signa Stewart Downing. Nu förbereder klubben ett bud på £20 miljoner för Downing (The Daily Star).

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Schalke har budat 8 miljoner euro för Park Chu-Young (L’Equipe).

Erik Lamela är officiellt klar för AS Roma. River Plate får 12 miljoner euro för talangen.