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Liverpool Deny Interest in Real Madrid Chief Scout

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The club appear to have briefed friendly journalists on today’s rumours in the press.

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Typically, transfer rumours are about players. Today, though, a brief flurry of rumours about a scout were kicked off when The Telegraph claimed Liverpool and other English clubs were trying to poach Juni Calafat from Real Madrid.

Chelsea and, rather oddly, Everton were said to be the other clubs trying to lure Madrid’s chief scout away from the Bernabéu, who The Telegraph say was key to the signings of Fede Valverde, Martin Odegaard, Eder Militao, Rodrygo, and Vinicius Junior.

However, Liverpool appear to have quickly briefed friendly journalists, including at The Liverpool Echo, that the rumours are not true and that they are not attempting—and will not attempt—to lure Calafat away from Madrid.

Further, the club are said to not be looking to make any changes to their recruitment set-up, which is hardly a surprise given the recent success of Michael Edwards and the recruitment team and their role in Liverpool’s current run of success.

Rather more cheekily, The Echo says the club feel there is nothing in Calafat’s record that suggests he would make Liverpool’s recruitment team better—though whether that reflects the club’s briefing or is editorialising is hard to say.