Liverpool Transfer Rumours: David Villa, Adam Johnson on Radar
The transfer window is fast approaching, and the rumour mill is heating up. The latest batch of players linked to Liverpool includes some interesting names—most notably, David Villa and Adam Johnson.
Liverpool have had a disappointing season and are dwindling in eighth place in the league. Kenny Dalglish needs serious reinforcements and will certainly be looking to make a splash in the summer transfer window.
Here are the latest batch of rumours, complete with my brief analysis.
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The Wigan starlet has had a breakout season.
The 21-year-old has been taking the league by storm with his electrifying pace and attacking flair.
He is a genuine winger who can beat his man one-on-one, something that the current Liverpool side dearly needs.
The latest reports from TalkSport are saying that Moses is preparing to leave Wigan this summer. This has placed a number of top clubs, including Liverpool, on high alert.
Moses has only one year left on his current deal at the DW Stadium and could be bought relatively cheaply.
Moses would be a solid addition to the Liverpool squad. However, he is not the player to take the Reds to the next level.
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The Ivorian is in the final year of his contract and will be available on a free transfer this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Kalou will leave Chelsea, but he is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Goal.com are reporting that up to 12 clubs, including Liverpool, are monitoring his current contract status.
Kalou has enjoyed somewhat of a revival under new manager Roberto Di Matteo. He is seeing more playing time and even scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Benfica in the Champion's League.
Despite his current form, I believe Kalou would be a terrible signing, even on a free transfer. He lacks application and commitment and has struggled at Chelsea.
If he has failed for them, why should he be good enough for us?
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Ever heard of this guy? I hadn't either until I saw this rumour.
The Colombian striker has been playing for Mexican side Jaguares and has banged in 17 goals in 31 league games.
In a recent interview with local newspaper Nuevo Estadio, Martinez said (via the Daily Mail):
"I am not in any advanced negotiations with Liverpool or Porto but I know they are personally interested. I have not spoken to anyone and that goes for my club and my agent. In the next few months thinks should be finalised."
Martinez could reportedly be purchased for £4 million. Personally, I am highly skeptical of his chances of success.
His only high-level experience has been internationally for Colombia, otherwise, he is completely unproven.
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The Spanish attacking midfielder has impressed this season for Rayo Vallecano.
He has a reputation as a hard-working player with a knack for scoring goals—he already has 13 of them this season.
Michu would be an ideal fit for Liverpool, as he would add some spark to a lacklustre midfield. At 6'1", he is also equipped with the size to handle the physicality of the Premier League.
The only snag in signing Michu is that there is definite interest from Manchester United, among others. Online tabloid Click is reporting that Liverpool, Man United and Athletico Madrid are the main contenders for his signature.
If Liverpool were able to acquire Michu, he would be a great addition to a bland team.
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The talented Brazilian is nearing the exit door at Serie A side Lazio.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the Italians are ready to cash in on Hernanes.
They have similar players in the current squad and believe he is expendable.
Hernanes has still been a consistent performer for Lazio this season. He is a world-class playmaker who can operate either behind the strikers or deeper in midfield.
He could be the creative player Liverpool so desperately need to spark their lethargic frontline into life.
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The Mexican winger has been heavily linked with Liverpool after it was revealed they have a first refusal agreement with Herrera's club, Pachuca.
In a recent interview, their executive director Andres Fassi said (from the Daily Mail):
"We have a sort of deal between the two clubs, in that Liverpool would be the first in line should the player emigrate to Europe. There's no formal offer yet, only interest, no verbal agreement or pre-contract. Liverpool's people came to Mexico on a general scouting trip, there's a declared interest in Herrera."
Herrera is a skillful winger who has been a key part of Mexico's Olympic qualification campaign.
Liverpool are clearly hoping he turns out to be the next Javier Hernandez.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
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"I know that a lot of Dutch players play in England. It's a really good competition and I do see it as a step up. It's a step to take maybe in the future, but we will see about that when it happens."
Metro are reporting that Liverpool have an interest in van Wolfswinkel and are preparing a bid for him in the summer.
Liverpool's interest is no surprise. Van Wolfswinkel is a clinical striker who has the potential to be one of Europe's premier goalscorers in a few years.
The club has struggled for goals this season—van Wolfswinkel would fix that.
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The Argentine has been recently linked with Liverpool after TalkSport reported that his club, Belgian side Anderlecht, have agreed to sell him.
Biglia is a central midfielder who is known as a phenomenal passer.
He has exceptional vision and reads the game well.
However, he is known as a weak tackler and lacks confidence.
TalkSport believe Anderlecht are looking for a fee in the region of £15 million. At that price, Biglia would be a terrible buy—he is too much of an unknown quantity.
But if he could be had for roughly a third of the quoted figure, he would be a very solid addition to the squad.
Luuk De Jong
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The FC Twente striker has been on fire this season, netting 23 goals in 28 Eredivisie games.
He is natural goalscorer, something Liverpool are lacking.
Italian source Tuttermocato has reported that Liverpool are leading the chase for the talented striker.
They have allegedly been tracking his progress and have had scouts watch him. De Jong was heavily linked with Liverpool in January, but a move never eventuated.
Liverpool clearly need to bolster their strike force this summer. De Jong would be a terrific acquisition. He is a versatile player with star potential who would form a terrific partnership with Luis Suarez.
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Johnson has fallen out of favour with Roberto Mancini at the Etihad this season.
He has struggled for a regular position despite some promising cameo performances.
Caught Offside is reporting that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is an admirer of Johnson and is keen to add him to his squad.
The only issue with a potential move is that City have shown a hesitancy to sell their players to the top clubs in England.
If Liverpool were able to steal Johnson away, it would be an absolute coup. He is one of the brightest talents in Britain who would drastically improve the current Liverpool side.
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Emmanuel Adebayor has had a much-needed revival at Tottenham this season, scoring 13 goals in the league.
Even more impressively, he has also recorded 11 assists.
While it would seem logical for Adebayor to make his move to White Hart Lane permanent, Caught Offside are reporting that Spurs may pull out of any deal because of Adebayor's excessive wage demands.
With the abundance of attacking talent currently at City, Adebayor will definitely be leaving the Etihad on a full-time basis this summer.
Kenny Dalglish is believed to be a big fan and is eager to add him to his lacklustre front line.
At the right price, Adebayor could be a great addition. However, he also has a reputation as a "diva" and could just as easily be a huge bust.
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The Holy Grail of strikers.
David Villa has been out in the cold at Barcelona ever since his alleged spat with Lionel Messi.
He has also been pushed out to the wing after manager Pep Guardiola began playing the Argentine superstar in a false-nine role.
Iberian radio station Cadena Ser is reporting that Liverpool and Juventus are leading the chase for the Spanish international. Yahoo! believe Barcelona are still looking for a fee in the region of €30 million.
Honestly, I find this rumour hard to comprehend.
Firstly, why would Villa want to come to Liverpool? We have no Champion's League football and would not be able to meet his wage demands.
More importantly, Villa does not fit the new owner's transfer policy. He is 30 years of age, coming off a serious broken leg and he is not a long-term solution.
However, if by some miracle Liverpool could pull off this deal, they would once again be a top-four side.