Liverpool have already made a couple of splashes in the summer transfer window so far, but with only Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas joining the Reds so far, there are still moves to be made at Anfield before the start of the 2013-14 English Premier League season.
Speculation about the future of Pepe Reina in net and the arrival of Sunderland's Simon Mignolet is the latest angle of transfer news to pay attention to if you follow the Reds, specifically because the club could be shelling out large wages for both the starting and reserve goalies next season.
Other news and notes surrounding Liverpool include a potential signing of Luis Alberto in the next few days, the latest on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and a tidbit on new full-time West Ham striker Andy Carroll, formerly of Liverpool.
Check out the sections below for all the latest on what the Reds are up to during the current stages of the summer transfer window.
Reina was expected to travel back to Spain and rejoin the club that he trained with as a young player (Barcelona) earlier in the transfer window, as this report from Graeme Yorke of Daily Mail earlier in June would suggest.
But now, it looks as if Reina is going to be content with staying at Anfield if a "bigger" club doesn't open its doors to his services in the next few weeks.
As Goal.com's Scott Rumsey reported on Friday, Reina is downplaying his link to the Spanish powerhouse and focused on his future with Liverpool. In an interview with Onda Cero, he keeps his options open while pledging a commitment to the Reds in the event that no offers come.
Here's an excerpt of his most recent comments:
My situation is clear. I have three more years of my Liverpool contract — but I never say never...I’m very happy and satisfied at Liverpool. But of course if I’m given the chance to improve and go to a bigger club, and now there are a few bigger than Liverpool, I’m sure the club would understand.
Although it looked like Reina was headed for greener pastures, Liverpool must contend with the fact that he has three years left on his contract—a contract worth a sizable amount of money.
If Reina sticks around, it could affect a deal to sign his replacement that seems imminent.
Mignolet has been targeted away from Sunderland for the past few weeks, with BBC Sport reporting on June 15 that the Reds were nearing a deal for his services:
More news broke on Friday, with Mignolet expected at Anfield for a medical (via BBC's Nick Parrott):
If you look at the stats on this tweet from Total LFC, then it's no wonder the Reds are interested in upgrading their fortunes by getting the Sunderland man for the net:
It's unclear if Mignolet's signing or wage agreement would hinge on Reina's departure, but either way, the Reds would be foolish to let him slip away just because there's a high figure on Reina's head for the upcoming season.
The medical signals that Mignolet will be a Red soon, and hopefully his time at Anfield will begin soon if everything goes smoothly in the next week.
Former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll made his loan to West Ham an official move earlier in the window, but a recent bit of news surrounding the circumstances involved certainly raises a few eyebrows.
Liverpool was so desperate to be done with the former Newcastle transfer by paying him £1 million in excess wages to ensure his move to Upton Park went smoothly, as reported by John Drayton of Daily Mail.
Per Drayton's piece, the Reds lost £19.5 million if you factor in the £35 million they handed Newcastle for his services a few years back, but clearly Brendan Rodgers wanted to be separated from any further ties to the disappointing relationship between Carroll and Liverpool.
In other news, the pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk's Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been a hot topic in recent days, but a Sky Sports report from earlier in the week claimed that Liverpool had not approached the Ukrainian league squad about acquiring his services.
The Daily Mirror also had a report that might cloud a potential Mkhitaryan transfer to Anfield:
Mignolet isn't the only transfer target expected to fly to Anfield this week for a medical. According to David Anderson of the Daily Mirror, Luis Alberto was en route for his medical on Friday, and the deal to acquire the Sevilla star was expected to be completed within the next few days.
Per the report, Alberto's move is expected to cost £6.8million.
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