Liverpool Transfer News: 5 Biggest Names Linked with Anfield Moves This Summer

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2013

Liverpool Transfer News: 5 Biggest Names Linked with Anfield Moves This Summer

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    Liverpool continue to be linked with a host of names as we head toward the summer.

    Brendan Rodgers has already brought the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to a club that is restrengthening after a difficult couple of years.

    Which players have something valuable to offer the Kop? If these big names are anything to go by, next season could be bright for England's famous outfit.

Alexis Sanchez: Barcelona

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    In December, Alexis Sanchez's agent suggested he wasn't keen on a move to Liverpool in the summer (via The Daily Mirror).

    Three months have passed since then and the little Chilean continues to waste his talent on the Camp Nou bench. With just nine La Liga starts all season, Sanchez has faded from the public eye; his world-class talents dissipating out of consciousness quickly.

    The 24-year-old would be a perfect fit at Anfield. His speed, directness and ability to score goals would galvanise a front three that could potentially see Sanchez line up alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

    Liverpool certainly face an uphill struggle to land his signature. If Brendan Rodgers decides to swoop for the Barcelona forward, it's likely he'll have to bat off interest from Juventus (via The Express).

Wilfried Bony: Vitesse

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    Wilfried Bony completed a Liverpool trial in 2007 and was not offered a contract at the club. Six years on, the 24-year-old has outlined himself as one of the hottest forwards in the world.

    The Vitesse hitman has netted 22 goals in 21 Eredivisie starts this season. He possesses decent speed, great heading skills and technical ability that could be profitable alongside Liverpool's attacking talent. Vitally, Bony has the stature to add some much needed power to Rodgers' offence.

    Bony was recently denied a move to Aston Villa when the Premier League club tried to secure a permanent move after previously agreeing a loan deal (via Goal.com). Vitesse ideally want around £10 million for the Ivorian, who looks ready to ply his trade outside of Dutch football.

David Villa: Barcelona

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    David Villa has been threatening to play in the Premier League for a long time. In January 2013, Liverpool attempted to land the Spanish striker in an ambitious loan move (via The Daily Mail).

    The Barcelona star continues to regain fitness after a string of injuries have kept him out of action in recent times. He has managed just nine La Liga starts all season. Impressively, Villa has still banged in seven goals.

    The 31-year-old could be seen as something of a risk. After various ankle injuries and muscle tears, the former Valencia player may struggle to live up to the £16 million Arsenal were quoted at the end of 2012 (via The Daily Mail).

    If Luis Suarez was to leave Anfield, Villa could arrive on Merseyside as his replacement (via The Guardian). If Rodgers is looking for a natural finisher who will rack up plenty of goals across any level of football, Villa be thy name. 

Guillermo Ochoa: Ajaccio

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    It appears Guillermo Ochoa is a wanted man. The 27-year-old goalkeeper confirmed in a recent interview that Liverpool are one of many clubs who tried to land his signature in January.

    Ochoa told Football.fr (via Sky Sports): "It will be difficult to choose between Liverpool, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Bayern, Dortmund."

    Whether or not these clubs are interested is another story.

    Ochoa continues to impress for Ajaccio. The Mexican is an excellent shot-stopper and has great reactions when under pressure. His arrival could spell the end for Pepe Reina, who has endured a tough season and made notable mistakes.

    While Reina appears to be buying into Rodgers' vision at the club, how long he will remain a part of Liverpool's future plans is up for debate (via The Liverpool Echo).

Thomas Ince: Blackpool

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    Brendan Rodgers obviously wants Thomas Ince at Anfield. The Blackpool youngster is one of English football's most exciting talents and would be welcomed to the club his father represented from 1997 to 1999.

    A deal was nearly struck in January (via BBC Sport). However, the arrival of Phillippe Coutinho ensured Ince would spend the rest of the season in tangerine before negotiations begin once again in the summer.

    Similar to Sanchez, the 21-year-old flaunts an array of skills that would benefit Liverpool's quest for goals. Alongside young players such as Raheem Sterling and Suso, the Englishman could prove to be an important signing in Rodgers' hunt for trophies.

    Of course, many clubs are interested. Reading tabled an offer in January and are likely to chase Ince throughout the summer months (via BBC Sport).

     

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