Liverpool Summer Transfer News: Week of June 17 News and Rumours
It's time for another roundup of the latest news and rumours surrounding Liverpool Football Club in the transfer market this summer, with the Reds having already captured Kolo Toure on a free transfer and several more deals looking close.
Peter Gulacsi is the only retained player to have left the club so far after his move to Salzburg.
Brendan Rodgers is back from his holiday this week, so movement could pick up soon, both inward and outward from Anfield.
Here is the latest on all the best rumours and news surrounding the Reds—check back regularly as we update throughout the summer.
————Latest update: June 23
Liverpool Complete Luis Alberto Signing
Liverpool have confirmed that a third new name will feature in their squad list for next season, with the capture of Sevilla's attacker Luis Alberto.
The club confirmed the signing via the official website and he follows after the signings of Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas.
Luis Alberto can play in a variety of attacking roles, but is most often used as a withdrawn second forward or a wide-left attacker.
Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing
Sports News Ireland report that Liverpool are ready to sell two of their younger midfield contingent this summer.
Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing are the two in question.
Shelvey started last season in the Liverpool side but lost his place after suspension and poor form, while Spearing spent the campaign on loan to Championship side Bolton Wanderers, where he was voted the fans' player of the season.
The report indicates that the Reds want to recoup around £10 million for the pair, with the vast majority coming from Shelvey's potential sale.
Luis Suarez has been rumoured to be on the move this summer, but ESPN report that manager Brendan Rodgers believes the club are in "complete control" over the forward's future.
The likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City have been credited with an interest but Suarez has a long term contract and an estimated market value of at least £40 million, so Liverpool are in no hurry to offload a player on the cheap who will not be available to them at the beginning of the season anyway.
Suarez will be suspended for six matches at the start of 2013-14 as he serves the remainder of his 10-game ban.
Andy Carroll Sold to West Ham United
Carroll was on loan to the Hamers last season after being told he would not be first choice at Anfield, and the club record signing has now left the club, two-and-a-half years after joining.
Christian Atsu a Serious Target
ESPN report that Liverpool are close to finalising the signing of Christian Atsu.
The Porto winger has just one year remaining on his contract in Portugal and reports indicate the Reds may sign him at a cut-price £3 million.
A left-footed Ghanaian attacker, Atsu would offer a far more direct and literal threat than the likes of Philippe Coutinho and other rumoured targets for the summer, who tend more to the clever and creative approach.
Luis Suarez for Alvaro Morata
The Luis Suarez-to-Real Madrid transfer saga keeps rumbling on, with the forward currently away with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup.
Latest reports from Mirror Football's David Maddock indicate that the Reds are keen on a player-plus-cash part exchange deal, which will see Real's young forward Alvaro Morata switch to Anfield along with a huge amount of money to take the value of the transfer as close to £40 million as possible.
The Reds made a similar deal with Real Madrid almost a decade ago when Michael Owen moved for money and Antonio Nuñez; fans will hope that Morata is somewhat more of a success than the right winger was back in 2004 if he does eventually join.
The Reds are moving ahead with plans to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan according to the BBC website.
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is seen as a critical addition to Brendan Rodgers' team this summer and will be expected to add plenty more goals from the central attacking role he plays in.
Liverpool expect certain competition for the Armenian player, according to the report, but believe they can move quickly to convince Mkhitaryan to join.
The player has a £20 million release clause which the club are willing to meet to ensure they can speak to him, though the most difficult part of the deal could be convincing a player very much in demand that he can be part of a successful side going forward, despite only finishing seventh last season.
The Belgian is expected to cost around £8- to £10 million.
With Pepe Reina still at the club the deal would cause a lot of questions to be asked about the future of the goalkeeping spot—questions which are answered in part here, looking at whether Mignolet is the right man to replace Pepe.
It could be only a few days until the outcome of this transfer is known, according to the BBC report.
TF1.fr (in French) are reporting that Andre Ayew is a Liverpool target and that the player himself is keen on a move to the Reds ahead of next season.
It is believed that Ayew considers the Premier League to be his next move and that he is an admirer of the Liverpool club, though rumours surrounding a potential offer for the Ghanaian have not yet been seen elsewhere this summer.
The long-running Toby Alderweireld saga is set to continue for now, with the Independent the latest to report on the Belgian defender.
It seems more and more clear that he will be leaving Ajax this summer, though the report states he has said he'll only consider a move to a top team in a top league, ruling out interested clubs in Portugal or Russia.
The Premier League appears to be his favoured destination, with Liverpool and Spurs both keen. Alderweireld has only one year left on his contract and is one of the fans' apparent preferences to be signed as the first-choice centre-back for next season.
Tiago Ilori is reported as one of the prime targets for the Reds this summer, with the young Sporting Lisbon centre-back suggested as one of the top young defenders in Europe.
Liverpool are reported to have offered a £3 million bid to his club according to Sky Sports, who believe the bid to have been rejected. Sporting are looking for a move worth around double that amount, possibly with add-ons after appearances and trophies.
Oussama Assaidi, the current Liverpool winger, is said to have been included as part of the deal.
For now, Iago Aspas remains only on the "linked players" list, but this is a deal which should be completed soon, perhaps within the week.
The Celta Vigo forward is already said to have agreed to terms with Liverpool on a move worth around the £8 million mark according to the Liverpool Echo, and the player himself has stated that the Reds were the only club he considered moving to once he had heard of their interest.
Spurs and Valencia were amongst those also said to be wanting to sign him, but Liverpool should be set to get their man wrapped up shortly.
Another who could be close to a move is Sevilla attacker Luis Alberto.
Metro claim that a £5 million deal is close to being finalised now, with Barcelona's first-refusal option on the player they loaned for their B team last season about to expire.
The Reds might eventually pay up to around £8 million for the Spanish attacker depending on add-on fees. Luis Alberto is 20 years old and played 38 times this season in the Segunda Division, scoring 11 and creating 18 assists.
Player stats from TransferMarkt.co.uk
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll spent last season out on loan at West Ham United, and he impressed boss Sam Allardyce enough to be made priority No. 1 for this summer to land on a permanent deal.
The Hammers had a £15.5 million bid accepted by Liverpool to take Carroll for good, but so far the striker has not been convinced that he would be best served joining West Ham on a full-time basis.
The Telegraph however are now reporting that the London club no longer believe Carroll wants to sign for them permanently and so are turning their attentions elsewhere, with Wilfried Bony top of their new wanted list.
Shelvey started last season in the first-team but rarely featured after the new year, and there is plenty of talk of him not being at Anfield by September—whether that is on loan or by being sold remains to be seen.
The report states that the Reds want between £5 and £8 million for Shelvey, who has already been capped at full senior level for England.
Amid the more murky waters of rumour-land is the talk that Liverpool are monitoring Carlos Tevez as a replacement for Luis Suarez, should the Uruguayan leave this summer.
Tevez has only one year left on his contract at City, meaning he could leave for around £8 million according to Mirror Football, while his wages of about £200,000 per week could be subsidised by squad players leaving the Reds and Jamie Carragher's retirement.
City are said to be in the market for a striker this summer, meaning Tevez might be surplus to requirements and looking for a new team.
Liverpool and Spurs went head-to-head with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey last summer, and Nacer Chadli appears to be the name to take a similar route in the gossip columns this summer.
The Belgian attacking midfielder is a Reds and Spurs target according to TalkSPORT, with FC Twente apparently valuing him at around £8.5 million. He has just one year left on his present contract and seems likely to depart the Eredivisie this summer.