Liverpool's name continues to crop up regularly in the transfer rumours gossip sections, with a further host of names being linked with summer moves to Anfield this week.
Still three games before the end of the present season, the Reds have been linked to a whole host of names who could be signed to boost the squad for 2012-13 season. Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre will certainly be busy indeed through July and August if they are to be speaking to every player linked to the club so far.
#LFC have been linked with 85 players since February 1st (90 days).— MrBoywunder (@MrBoywunder) May 1, 2013
With the Alex Pearce rumours being denied by the club he becomes the 576th media linked player NOT to sign for LFC since January 2010.— Michael Sweeting (@M_Sweeting) May 1, 2013
Of course, most rumours and links need to be taken with a pinch of salt—but each name can nonetheless be looked at to see if they potentially fit into the rebuilding plans of the manager in terms of price, age, playing style and position.
With that in mind, here are five of the most intriguing rumours to feature Liverpool this week.
We start with a rumoured move for Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya.
While Liverpool are certainly going to be in the market for defenders this summer, there is no explicit evidence that a right-sided player is uppermost in their needs, which is where Montoya plays more often than not. A versatile player, he is comfortable playing on both sides of defence.
Montoya is 22 years old and has played 13 Primera Liga games for Barça this season, mainly as cover for established right-back Dani Alves.
Matthias Ginter is a young defender who plies his trade at Freiburg in the German Bundesliga.
The 19-year-old has had an impressive campaign, playing almost every league match he has been available for and mainly starting in the centre of defence. He has shown his capability to operate in other roles too, operating from a deep-lying midfield position of late and even playing on the odd occasion as a second forward.
It is in the heart of defence, though, where he is expected to have the greatest long-term impact.
Liverpool have been linked with him recently with eyes on making a summer move, though it is reported that the club are unwilling to let him leave (via Sky Sports).
While Liverpool recently handed a new long-term contract to midfielder Lucas Leiva, it is probable that they need to look for at least competition for him in the summer.
To that end, Anderlecht's Lucas Biglia is the name in the frame, according to Talk SPORT, who claim that the Reds are interested and that around £8 million will be enough to prise him away from Belgium.
Unlike many of the more recent Belgium-related imports to the Premier League, Biglia is neither Belgian nor young and promising; he is 27 years old and is Argentine by birth, representing his nation seven times in all. He has been at Anderlecht since the 2006-07 season and has made 27 league appearances this season.
A key player for his side, Biglia can play as a playmaker from the deeper areas or as a more defensive holding midfielder.
Back at the top end of the pitch, Liverpool have been linked with a soon-to-be championship player in Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy.
QPR have failed to beat the drop despite spending heavily in both transfer windows, with Remy arriving in January and going on to score five times in 11 games so far, already making him the joint top scorer for the Hoops so far this term.
We end the roundup back in the problematic central defensive position, where Federico Fazio is said to be one name in the frame for a summer move. The Sevilla giant defender is out of contract next summer, meaning he is likely to move on now rather than sign a new deal.
Sky Sports reports that Liverpool want to bring Fazio to Anfield, but Arsenal are also keeping an interest on the Argentine. Further offers from any of Germany, Russia and Italy are expected too.
Fazio can play in a holding midfield role, as well as in the centre of defence, and has been a regular for Sevilla over the past 18 months or so. He has been capped twice for Argentina and is 26 years old.