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Liverpool preparing £51m bid for Ademola Lookman

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Liverpool are reportedly preparing a £51 million bid for Ademola Lookman, who has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League ahead of the new season.

Lookman, who spent time on loan at Fulham and Leicester City, moved to Atalanta BC for around £13 million in 2022.

It is understood that the Serie A outfit has set an asking price of £51 million for the Nigerian international, whose current contract with La Dea runs for another two years.

Since arriving in Italy, the 26-year-old former Everton winger has enjoyed two impressive seasons, contributing to 50 goals in 78 appearances for La Dea, scoring 32 and providing 18 assists.

The Nigeria international also netted a superb hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final.

Lookman was also voted Atalanta’s Player of the Season for 2023/24, marking the second consecutive year he has received this honour.

Following his eye-catching performances, Lookman has been linked with a return to the Premier League. According to Calcio Mercato, Liverpool are the latest club willing to make an offer for the Nigerian winger.

The report adds that Liverpool will need to compete with Manchester United and Chelsea, who are also considering moves for Lookman.

Atalanta considers Lookman, along with Gianluca Scamacca and Charles De Ketelaere, as key players, but are willing to listen to suitable offers for all three. However, any deal for Lookman this summer may hinge on the future of Teun Koopmeiners, as the club does not want to lose both players in quick succession.

Liverpool are expected to be busy this summer as they try to add to their firepower under new boss Arne Slot. The Reds may view Lookman as cover for potential departures, with Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz linked with moves to the Saudi Pro League and La Liga, respectively.