Brendan Rodgers appears set to have quite the large kitty at his disposal as he embarks on his first full summer in charge of Liverpool F.C.
The premise of this article is admittedly somewhat speculative. The financial figure quoted is by no means a certainty.
However the premise is as follows:
Given the amount of money I expect Liverpool to have available, who are the best players they could potentially sign this window?
Throughout, I assume that the club has £97.3 million at its disposal. I arrived at that number as follows:
The club will likely plan on spending around £20 million prior to player sales.
Should Suarez leave, I anticipate a figure of roughly £50 million as reported in the Guardian. I then add another £15 million based on the presumed sale of Andy Carroll to West Ham as reported by BBC. From there, I add £8 million for Stewart Downing and £12 million for Martin Skrtel.
I also take a guess at a few loans that will take place (if the players are not sold).
In my estimation, Suso, Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing, Oussama Assaidi, Sebastian Coates, Jon Flanagan, Jack Robinson, Jordan Ibe, Samed Yesil, and Adam Morgan are all either surplus to requirements or in need of regular playing time elsewhere.
Finally, I removed £7.7 million from the total for the anticipated outlay on Iago Aspas.
Each transfer fee quoted is courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk.
All of this is speculative. But it is good enough to be going on with for now.
With the numbers out of the way, let's get on with the fun part.