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Liverpool miss out on Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca

Liverpool look set to lose out on the signing of Carlos Bacca with the Sevilla forward set to undergo a medical in the next few days to complete his transfer to AC Milan.

Bacca is on his way to AC Milan. Credit: PA

According to Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan representatives have travelled to Barranquilla, Colombia, where Bacca is currently on holiday, to oversee a medical.

Sevilla confirmed on Wednesday that AC Milan were prepared to pay Bacca's £21million buy-out clause to acquire the South American this summer.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi expects Bacca's future to be decided by the end of this week.

Monchi said on Sevilla's official website: "Carlos Bacca's future will be resolved in the next few days."

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Young Liverpool midfielder ashamed with himself

Emre Can called Germany Under-21s' heaviest-ever defeat a "dark day" for the whole country.

Can and Germany were humiliated by Portugal. Credit: Reuters

Portugal were always expected to test the European Championship favourites on Sunday but few could have foreseen the way the semi-final panned out.

Rui Jorge's side ran out 5-0 victors in Olomouc and afterwards Germany head coach Horst Hrubesch revealed his relief that the goals stopped there.

Liverpool midfielder Can was certainly guilty of under-performing at the Ander Stadium, leaving him to reflect on a "dark day for all of Germany".

"I talked a lot this tournament, big talk even," he said. "I wanted to win the title.

"I don't know why, but for some reason, I didn't show my best out there. If I am honest, it is just shameful.

"From the first minute onward we failed to find our rhythm," he continued in an interview with www.uefa.com.

"Our mentality also wasn't there - we just had everything missing tonight, but excuses and apologies are no help now."

Liverpool stopper leaves Anfield on season-long loan

Aberdeen have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward on a season-long loan deal.

Ward will spend the season with Aberdeen. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old Wales squad player trained with his new team-mates on Friday and will compete with last season's number one, Scott Brown, and long-serving Jamie Langfield for the goalkeeper's jersey.

The former Wrexham player joined Liverpool in 2012 and signed a long-term contract earlier this week after spending time on loan at Sky Bet League Two side Morecambe last season.

Dons boss Derek McInnes told the club's official website: "I am delighted to get Danny on board. He is a young goalkeeper we have been aware of for some time. We are thankful to Liverpool and Brendan (Rodgers) in particular for allowing this to happen.

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Liverpool legend advised Southampton defender Clyne

Carragher advised Clyne to join Liverpool last season. Credit: PA

It turns out Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher may have played his part in Nathaniel Clyne's imminent Anfield move.

The Reds saw their £12.5m bid for Southampton's right back accepted today, and look poised to complete his transfer this week.

Addressing his Twitter followers this afternoon, football-turned-pundit Carragher explained:

"Saw Nathaniel Clyne at St Mary's last season after a game & told him to sign for Lfc, he took the advice! I'm on the transfer committee now."

Stats: Liverpool new boy Firmino better than Sterling in every department

Days after spurning Man City's latest advances for Raheem Sterling, Liverpool have secured their first major attacking signing of the summer in Roberto Firmino.

Firmino has joined Liverpool for £29, Sterling could leave for £50m. Credit: Oulala

The Brazilian has joined for around £29m and is expected to fill one of the front three positions that Sterling will vacate in Brendan Rodgers' favoured 4-3-3 formation.

The reported £50m fee Sterling's sale could raise seems even greater business on Liverpool's part when taking Firmino's stats for Hoffenheim into account.

Last season, the forward created more goals than Sterling (10), scored the same amount (7), while pulling off more successful passes, tackles, take-ons and interceptions.

The figures also add weight to a growing sentiment that transfer fees for English youngsters, and English players in general, are hugely inflated in the current market.

Liverpool have learned that lesson that hard way after forking out £35m on Andy Carroll and £20m on Stewart Downing. Brazilian international Firmino, currently lighting up the Copa America in Chile, looks a much safer and more sensible acquisition.

Stats courtesy of oulala.com

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