Having already secured Javier Manquillo’s services to provide competition for right back Glen Johnson, Liverpool is now close to securing a £16 million deal for Spanish international left back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla.
According to Daily Mail, the deal is set to be finalised after Sevilla’s UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid on Tuesday. It is expected to be worth £16 million plus, add-ons with midfielder Suso might be going the other way.
The left back will be bidding farewell right after the final. The club having raised him from youth level to the first team, he’ll want to return the favour by saying goodbye to the club’s fans.
Liverpool linked with big-name striker?
According to South American football correspondent Tim Vickery, a world class striker is being lined up by manager Brendan Rodgers to replace Luis Suarez. The correspondent was quoted as follows: “I don’t normally usually have many contacts with agents and the like, but I got phoned up yesterday with apparently good news for Liverpool. It’s not Falcao, but it’s a big-name player replacing a big name player at Liverpool, which would obviously be Suarez, being lined up very soon. I couldn’t find out anything more than that but I don’t think it is Falcao. It wouldn’t be viable for them.”
Falcao is most likely to be off to Real Madrid on a loan deal, according to news reports. One of the many possibilities is Edinson Cavani, with his agent confirming approaches from both Arsenal and Liverpool. Any deal for the Uruguayan striker is likely to be more than £50 million. With the player wanting to play in England, there will be no shortage of suitors to land the 27-year old striker. Rodgers will want to replace Luis Suarez with his fellow countryman and instate him with Daniel Sturridge to make an impressive striking duo.
Another striker in a long list of potential acquisitions is Swansea frontman Wilfried Bony. With the Ivorian having scored 25 goals last season, he has made it clear to the Swans about the possibility of moving to a bigger club this summer. The club is ready to ditch the £19 million release clause, having accepted their defeat in efforts to retain the striker’s services.
Sunderland to accept defeat in Borini pursuit
According to reports, Sunderland is finally giving up on the chase for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, with the Italian maintaining his firm stance. Borini wants to stay at Anfield and prove his worth to the club. Liverpool had accepted a £14 million bid from Sunderland earlier but the player decided not to turn the loan move into a permanent one. Sunderland has grown frustrated over the protracted transfer and is now looking forward for other alternatives, with Poyet considering a move for Brighton front man Will Buckley.
Arsenal ready to move for Agger
Centre back Daniel Agger looks set to leave Liverpool after growing frustrated with opportunities barely coming his way the past year. With the £20 million arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton, the Dane has slipped further down the pecking order.
Arsenal recently lost their club captain and centre back Thomas Vermaelen after Barcelona had accepted £15 million bid for the Belgian. With the Gunners actively looking to replace him and in need of another centre back, a move for Agger is on the cards. Mats Hummels was originally sought by Arsenal but the German was appointed captain for the next season, thus removing any doubts regarding his stay at Dortmund.
Liverpool will be wary of selling Agger to potential title contenders and strengthening their rivals. They’ll think twice before accepting any bid from Arsenal. After beating Borussia Dortmund 4-0 at home in a pre-season friendly at home, Brendan Rodgers is confident that the squad has sufficient depth to compete for the new season.
“I have been really pleased with all of the signings because they have all come in as part of our strategy and the types of profile of players that we want,” he said.
“One of the pleasing things for me today was that I could make changes in the game and bring players on and still feel that we were strong. There are maybe one or two more to come, but come the end of August I think we will hopefully have depth in our squad and be ready to challenge.”, he added.