Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Buzz Surrounding Reds' Summer Window

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2013

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Victor Wanyama of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Celtic and Barcelona at Celtic Park on November 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Liverpool were keen on having a big summer after a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, and they've proven it so far by dominating the transfer headlines.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was able to complete the signing of a few new players over the weekend, while also entering the sweepstakes for some highly touted youngsters. Although, it's not all good news as a potential Luis Suarez exit continues to loom.

Let's take a look at the latest news that is sure to mix things up at Anfield for next season and beyond.



Luis Suarez

According to Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror, there is a growing concern among the Liverpool camp that Real Madrid are sitting on a potential Suarez offer until August. 

Real Madrid are looking to force Liverpool into making a deal for much cheaper than they are currently banking on by waiting out a move until the transfer window nears its end. 

However, Rodgers said that Liverpool are "in complete control of the situation."

Madrid have long been a big participant in the Suarez sweepstakes, and the latest news is only further proof that both clubs have at least explored the idea.



Luis Alberto

The Reds have completed the signing of Spanish youngster Luis Alberto from Sevilla to a long-term contract, according to a report from

Alberto spent the last season on a loan at Barcelona B, where he emerged as a top-flight prospect with 11 goals and 17 assists in 38 appearances. He also made seven appearances in La Liga. 

Rodgers had nothing but great things to say about his new youngster:

He has the correct footballing profile and mentality to be a Liverpool player. 

I look forward to working with him to develop his talent and he joins a group of young exciting players at our club.

The 20-year-old will be a long-term project as he continues to grow and develop as a player, but the focus the Reds have put in their future is nothing short of promising. 



Victor Wanyama

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has dominated transfer news as of late, and Liverpool have joined Everton as his newest suitors according to Duncan Castles of

The Scottish champions have already accepted a bid of approximately £12 million for the 21-year-old, but Wanyama prefers to have his destination ultimately left up to him. 

However, Castles states that Liverpool have some other moves to do before securing Wanyama. 

Liverpool may also be restrained by actions elsewhere in the market as Brendan Rodgers prioritises a radical rebuild of his defence and forward line. With his total transfer budget dependent on sales, Rodgers' ability to move for Wanyama is likely to hinge on adding the exit of the likes of Jordan Henderson to the recent sale of Andy Carroll to West Ham for an initial £15.5m.

Wanyama would become the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League, and would certainly be a solid addition for the Reds as he's emerged as one of the top midfielders on the market. 



Simon Mignolet and Pepe Reina

The potential addition of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet turned from a likelihood into a near sure thing on Friday (per Jack De Menezes of The Independent), and it's sure to make things a bit less bright for current goalie Pepe Reina. 

According to Joe Bernstein of Daily Mail, the arrival of Mignolet at Anfield doesn't necessarily mean curtains for Reina.

In fact, Bernstein said the £9 million man will serve as competition for Reina's starting job. 

It's unclear at this point if Reina will be around long enough to actually make that a reality or if the Reds will find a new home for the Spaniard, but as of now, all signs point to both goalkeepers staying at Anfield through the 2013-14 season. 


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