With Brendan Rodgers already having blown £60 million this summer on quartet Rickie Lambert , Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, Liverpool fans would love to see more big names come to Anfield. With a strong showing last season and £75 million in the coffers from the Luis Suarez sale, indications are there could be some more good news.
Wilfried Bony, Swansea’s World Cup star has been a Liverpool target all summer, reports The Express. Brendan Rodgers will need to come up with a £20 million bid to activate the release clause in his contract. While a lot of names have been mentioned to fill the huge void left by Suarez’s departure, Rodgers seems determined to land the Ivorian.
The £8 million expected deal to bring QPR’s Loic Remy to Arsenal has floundered on the player’s excessive £80,000-per-week wage demands, according to The Metro. This leaves the door open for Liverpool to pursue the Frenchman, with Tottenham also believed to be interested. The Reds would have the advantage in this race as the release clause in the striker’s contract is £8 million for a top four club but £12 million for anyone else.
The Express has reported that Liverpool may be in the market for a high profile midfielder, with Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Marco Reus being mentioned. Manchester United target Vidal is valued at £34 million by Juventus but Louis van Gaal considers this figure to be inflated.
Paul Pogba, the hugely promising French international has a massive price tag of £60 million and reports linking the Juventus man to Liverpool have come in the wake of Chelsea’s failure to land him. Marco Reus, the German international who Manchester United are also interested in, could be available from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £25 million.
Given the failure to bring top target Alexis Sanchez to Anfield, Reds fans may view these names as fanciful however Rodgers’ hand has been strengthened by last years’ superb showing and the prospect of Champions League football. In relation to Sanchez the Liverpool boss has put the reversal down to the Chilean’s preference for a London location. He was reported in The Mirror as saying.
“I don’t think we will struggle to attract players, Sanchez was one where geography dictated where he wanted to go, simple as that. It’s been the other way too. Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as club and really excited about coming here. It wasn’t a lack of ambition, far from it. The player and his family simply wanted to choose to live where they did’
Expect a lot more Liverpool transfer activity before the transfer window closes as Brendan Rodgers continues to spend the £75 million Suarez windfall.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.