Possible Liverpool Transfer Targets and the Chances They Get Done
Summer. That one word means a lot of different things to different people.
For some, it means heading to the beach in a new swimsuit.
For others, it means trips to the mountains with the kids.
For football fanatics, it means transfer activity, rumored and actual.
What follows is a list of 10 possible targets for new boss Brendan Rodgers and the chances they get done.
1. Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the first name on this list because he seems the closest to being done. The Icelandic international played for new manager Brendan Rodgers while on loan at Swansea City and was set to sign a permanent deal in Wales when Rodgers was appointed to the job at Anfield.
Wait a minute, you say, didn't Rodgers agree not to raid Swansea City for players for 12 months?
Yes, he did, but Sigurdsson wasn't under contract to Swansea City. He was on loan from Hoffenheim.
What's holding up this getting done? Sigurdsson is going to at least make a courtesy call on the new Swansea City manager, just as soon as they appoint one, to explain his decision. According to the South Wales Evening Post, the favorite for the job is former Denmark star Michael Laudrup.
Chances: Almost done.
2. Clint Dempsey
As an American Liverpool fan, adding Dempsey would be an added bonus, someone I already root for when he pulls on the red, white and blue.
According to The Guardian, Dempsey was linked to Liverpool back in May. And chairman Tom Werner told the Daily Mirror, "We never talk publicly about our transfer targets, however, any team would be lucky to have Clint Dempsey playing on their squad."
With a reported £4 million price tag, Dempsey has also attracted attention from Arsenal, who may or may not be preparing for life without Robin van Persie.
Chances: About 50/50.
3. Milos Krasic
Milos Krasic will be, according to multiple sources, leaving Juventus. Having joined the newly-crowned Serie A champions in 2010, Krasic only made seven appearances this past season.
The Daily Mirror reports West Ham manager Sam Allardyce met with Juventus to discuss a loan move for Krasic, but Allardyce was told Juve was only interested in selling Krasic. They are looking to raise cash to make a bid for a big-name striker to take into the Champions League next season, with Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez on their list.
With the £6 million price tag, Krasic would make sense for a move to Anfield.
4. Adam Johnson
Rumors about Adam Johnson and a move to Liverpool have been floating around for a while, some dating back to last summer.
According to Sky Sports, those are likely to be little more than rumors. Manchester City are unlikely to sell the winger unless the deal makes sense for the club and they can get close to market value for Johnson, around £15 million.
Chances: Not good.
5. Ibrahim Afellay
After struggling with injuries and finding playing time with the first team at the Nou Camp, one would think a player would be wanting to leave. Ibrahim Afellay is just such a player.
However, Afellay, who has been on several teams' wish lists for a couple of years, won't be going anywhere.
Mohammed Moallim, who covers Dutch football for FourFourTwo.com tweeted last week (h/t to Joseph Zucker):
"Good news for Afellay: Tito Vilanova wants him to stay part of his plans. Agent Rob Jansen has stopped looking for a new club for him #Barça"
Considering his play (or lack thereof) against Germany at Euro 2012, this may turn out to be a good thing.
6. Salomon Kalou
Salomon Kalou looks set to join the list of former Chelsea players this summer. His agent, Roger Linse, has declared Kalou a free agent after six years at Stamford Bridge.
One thing that might be a positive for Liverpool in the race to sign the Ivory Coast forward is Kalou's relationship with Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers was a coach for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
After originally saying he wanted to leave England to continue his career, Sky Sports reports that Kalou would consider a move to Anfield.
Chances: Decent, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
7. Alan Dzagoev
Alan Dzagoev has made a real name for himself in the early stages of Euro 2012, with three goals in Russia's first two games.
There haven't been any strong links between Dzagoev and Liverpool, so this may be wishful thinking on my part because his name's the same as mine. However, the ownership's stated goal of signing young, promising players applies here. Dzagoev doesn't turn 22 until Sunday.
Arsenal has been linked to the Russian striker, and one of the players who could make way for him might be fellow Russian Andrei Arshavin (h/t to Matthew Snyder).
Chances: Wishful thinking (Look at that pretty cloud...)
8. Gaston Ramirez
While playing with Luis Suarez would more than likely be a big draw for Ramirez, the money of Man City would probably overpower what Liverpool could offer, with a £20 million price tag being reported.
9. Daniel Sturridge
If someone wanted to pay me an obscene amount of money to sit around on the bench during games, working out the rest of the time, I think I could handle that.
Evidently, Chelsea winger Daniel Sturridge is more competitive than I am.
According to the Daily Mail, Sturridge is stalling on agreeing to a new deal at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with a move to Liverpool, the proposed price tag £15 million.
Chances: Decent, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
10. Victor Wanyama
When you're young, you don't necessarily want to stay in one place very long.
This applies to Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Having joined the team only last summer for around £900k, he's had his agent inform the club that if teams from leagues more prestigious than the SPL make an offer, Wanyama would like them to consider it.
According to Mark Guidi of the Sunday Mail, Liverpool is one of three Premier League teams interested in the young Kenyan. While the EPL clubs rate the midfielder at £8 million, Celtic is expected to demand closer to £14 million.
QPR and Stoke are the other clubs reportedly interested in Wanyama's services.
Chances: Good, but won't get my hopes up.