Liverpool Summer Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates
Liverpool continue to prepare their summer moves for the forthcoming transfer window as the team winds down after a long season, with manager Brendan Rodgers rumoured to be moving for a host of new talent over the coming weeks.
While players cannot officially be registered with their new clubs until the window opens, deals can certainly be agreed and signed at any point beforehand, and the latest rumours and links have the Reds trying to do exactly that.
Here's a full roundup of the latest players in the gossip columns who have their names linked with moves to, or from, Liverpool.
————Latest Update: Mon. June 3
Liverpool's attack might need a little more work on it during the summer than was originally anticipated, and TalkSPORT are reporting that one of the candidates for Brendan Rodgers to go for is Roma's Bojan Krkic.
Bojan has been on loan at AC Milan for the past year but failed to make a lasting impression, scoring only three times.
The young forward's future is not yet clear, with Barcelona able to exercise a recall clause on him this summer, while AS Roma could also make a further payment to the Spanish team to retain him permanently. Amongst all that, Liverpool and Newcastle are said to want to bring him to the Premier League.
The Reds have seen plenty of speculation over the position of goalkeeper this summer already, and the latest name in the frame for an Anfield move is Sunderland's Simon Mignolet.
The Guardian report that Belgian goalkeeper Mignolet would be the preferred option of Brendan Rodgers were he to have to replace current No. 1 Pepe Reina, and that he might cost significantly less than £15 million which was requested by Stoke City for another potential target, Asmir Begovic.
However, with Victor Valdes recently confirming he would be staying at Barcelona this season, there must be doubts on whether Pepe Reina will be leaving Liverpool at all this year—and thus, whether the side needs to look for another first-choice goalkeeper.
Andy Carroll Leaving
Andy Carroll is expected to confirm his departure from Liverpool this week, signing for West Ham United on a permanent basis.
The striker has been on loan at West Ham this season and the Reds accepted a £15 million bid for him almost two weeks ago, though Carroll was seemingly hoping for interest from elsewhere before deciding. With Newcastle United not planning on bringing him 'home', the Liverpool Echo are reporting that the deal between Liverpool and West Ham will now be wrapped up within the coming days.
It will bring to a close a disappointing two-and-a-half years as a Red for the striker, from whom much was expected and only fleeting glances of talent were seen.
Luis Suarez Staying?
The same Liverpool Echo article also reports that another striker, Luis Suarez, is yet to make clear to the club by any means that he wishes to leave.
Press conferences given whilst on international duty appear to have left the Uruguayan looking for an exit this summer, with Real Madrid in particular an interested party, but the club have received no word from the player or his representatives of a desire to depart.
The Reds would likely require an official transfer request and a new club record fee if Suarez was to leave at all. This rumour saga looks set to continue long into the summer.
Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas is the first name on the list, with Liverpool linked with a bid for the relegated Spanish attacker.
The 12 goals he has scored during the season might not be enough to keep his side in the top flight, with Celta still one point from safety with one final match left to play this season. Celta play Espanyol on the final day, needing a better result than Deportivo La Coruña to leapfrog them—though with none of the three relegation spots having been definitively secured yet, there are several permutations to avoiding the drop.
Iago Aspas has an £8.5 million release clause in his contract and according to the Liverpool Echo the Reds are willing to pay it to add him to their squad for next season.
The 25-year-old can play in a range of forward roles and has a good strike on him with his favoured left foot.
Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu is another name in the frame that the Reds are reportedly interested in. Atsu currently plays for FC Porto in the Liga Sagres, where he has just been part of the squad to win the league title.
With his contract due to expire in just one year, Mirror Football are reporting that Liverpool could be about to nab him for just £3 million, considerably less than his usual market value and release clause within his present contract.
Tottenham are also said to be interested, while the report also states that Oussama Assaidi and Stewart Downing will be offloaded to make space in the squad for Atsu's arrival.
The summer transfer window, plus Liverpool FC, inevitably equals a rumour for Diego Capel.
TalkSPORT are the latest to report that the Reds are interested in the winger, a rumour which stretches back to the late 2000s and his days at Sevilla. Now playing for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Capel has long had plenty of talent on the ball but lacks regular end product and consistency in his game.
A £5 million fee has ben mentioned, with Sporting having financial difficulties, but it is difficult to see the Reds turning to someone who, at 25 years of age, has still not made his major mark on the game. Particularly when they already have plenty of younger players with just as much, if not more, promise.
A confirmed transfer now, and the exit of defender Danny Wilson—pictured on the right of the image—who has made his move from Anfield back to Scotland, as per the official club website.
Wilson arrived at Liverpool from Rangers in 2010 and struggled to break into the team under Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and then Brendan Rodgers. He played only nine times in all competitions for the Reds' first team, and spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on loan at Hearts, where he now moves permanently.
The Scottish international was out of contract at Liverpool this summer, and marks the beginning of what will likely be something of a clearout at Anfield this transfer window.
The final rumour centres around another potential defensive exit from Liverpool, with Fox Soccer reporting that Martin Skrtel will consider his Anfield future if he receives offers this summer.
Though the article states that no offers have been made yet, it is expected that the likes of Zenit St. Petersburg might return with interest, having been linked with the Slovakian centre-back after the January transfer window according to Mirror Football, amongst others.
Skrtel started the season as the first-choice central defender alongside Daniel Agger, but lost his place in the team to Jamie Carragher in January. He rarely featured for the Reds thereafter, and with Liverpool expected to significantly strengthen that position this summer, it is more than possible that all parties come up with the solution that Skrtel needs to move on.