Liverpool Transfer News: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Iago Aspas and Latest Reports

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 24, 2013

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01:  Iago Aspas of RC Celta de Vigo in action during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and CA Osasuna at Estadio Balaidos on September 1, 2012 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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It seemed like a sure thing from the start of the offseason that Liverpool would have a big summer transfer window, and that belief is starting to come to fruition. 

As manager Brendan Rodgers assembles his squad for the 2013-14 season and beyond, sights are set on getting back into the top four of the Premier League—and that all starts with investing in the world's best available players over the summer.

Let's take a look at the latest buzz and news surrounding the Reds.

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

In a move that soccer fans are becoming accustomed to these days, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has addressed his latest rumors and reports on social media.

According to Massimo Marioni of Metro, Mkhitaryan took to Facebook to ensure the soccer world that there is no truth to any report that he's headed elsewhere at the moment. 

"I am happy to see that people show keen interest in my career but I would like to ask all not only to refrain from making comments but also to prevent the spread of unverified and false information," Mkhitaryan said. "I am not meddling with these affairs. If have a contract with a club, I just fulfill it."

"If an agreement is reached between clubs I will be informed of the details and then will accept or reject it. I’m not planning any media communication because I cannot comment on things of which I have no information. Professional players have rules in life and I’m obliged to respect them."

One could look at the Armenian's latest comments in two different ways. In one glance, it could be seen as him stating he doesn't have much desire to play elsewhere. On the other hand, it could be nothing but empty words to remind people that no deal has been put in place, yet

Only time will tell us what Mkhitaryan's post really means.

 

Iago Aspas

After weeks of speculation and encouraging reports, Liverpool have finally secured Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo in a move that is still subject to international clearance, according to the Telegraph

Liverpool's official Twitter account confirmed the news:

Liverpool haven't announced the transfer fee as of yet, but the Telegraph's report stated it's around the ballpark of £7.7 million. 

The Spanish footballer has spent six seasons with Celta Vigo, amassing 50 goals in 153 official appearances. 

 

Pepe Reina and Simon Mignolet 

Late Sunday, a report from Tom Mortimer of Goal.com came out saying that a deal for Belgian international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has yet to be made, despite reports to the contrary

However, with the news swirling for some time of his impending arrival from Sunderland, current Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina wasn't shying away from his thoughts on the matter, according to David Anderson of the Daily Mirror

I have said it many times, I’m very comfortable and very happy at Liverpool.

Every team needs competitors, and when it’s positive it is more than welcome. If it is finally done, I’ll welcome him a lot and anything he needs, I’m here.

With it looking increasingly likely over the past few weeks that Mignolet will be a new arrival at Anfield, it's nothing short of encouraging to see Reina not only accept the challenge, but embrace it. 

Having more than one able goalkeeper on a roster is often a move that can lead to unhappiness from the out-of-favor goalie, but all signs point to Reina and Mignolet taking the upcoming competition in stride.