Brendan Rodgers has already blown £100 million on summer signings, and deals to land Dejan Lovren, Loic Remy and Divock Origi all but confirmed. While Reds fans will be delighted with the new arrivals, they will also want a superstar signing to get the pulses racing again after the loss of their hero Luis Suarez.
Karim Benzema may be just the man to provide the ‘x’ factor again and The Mail has reported that the Reds boss is interested in bringing the Real Madrid star to Anfield. However the deal wouldn’t come cheap, with a transfer fee of £4o million and a weekly pay cheque of £200,000-a-week needed to land the 26-year-old Frenchman.
Should Rodgers fail is his audacious bid to land Benzema, his Real Madrid teammate Isco is also a possible target according to the Guardian. The Spanish attacking midfielder would be a brilliant signing for Liverpool and he may be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu following the signing of Colombian wunderkind James Rodriguez.
In more mundane news the Mirror reports that the long running battle to bring centre-back Dejan Lovren to Anfield is nearly over with Southampton finally agreeing to accept Rodgers’ £20 million bid. No further hitches are expected and the Croatian is set to be confirmed as a Liverpool player shortly.
The Independent reports that Loic Remy and Divock Origi are also almost certain to become Liverpool players. QPR’s Remy,who impressed on a loan spell with Newcastle United this year, is set to complete a £8.5 million move to Anfield. Previously, Arsenal had failed to meet his wage demands. Lille youngster Origi is expected to complete a £10 million transfer, with the Belgian being immediately loaned back to the French club.
Meanwhile Daniel Agger could be on the way out. The Daily Mail reports that the Dane is unhappy sitting on the bench, with Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel emerging as the Reds’ first choice centre back partnership for much of last season. The situation doesn’t look like improving much, from Agger’s point of view, with the impending arrival of Croatian centre-back Lovren.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.