The 2013 offseason has been building up to be a big one for Liverpool, as Brendan Rodgers looks to put together a squad worthy of Premier League bragging rights and yearly Champions League appearances.
While the Reds seem far away from that level of play, they really aren't with a solid core of playmakers and a starting XI that is beginning to look more concrete as the deals flow through. Also, Liverpool haven't been shy on courting young players with high potential to bring up in their system.
However, it's proved difficult for Rodgers to hang on to some of his best players, and there's a seemingly endless flow of news on embattled striker Luis Suarez that's worth dissecting.
Let's take a look at the latest news and buzz surrounding Anfield.
One of Liverpool's biggest targets over the past few weeks has been Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and news just came out that solidified the fact that it'll be a tough sign for the Reds.
According to Martin Blackburn of The Sun, Mkhitaryan's club is asking £25 million for his services, and he stated that it must be made in the next 10 days:
The club’s chief executive Sergei Palkin said: “I don’t know where Mkhitaryan is now, solely his agent knows this.
“Borussia offered £19.5m. I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent on Tuesday. I wrote to him about the club’s position. We are prepared to sell for £25m.
“This offer stands for the next 10 days. If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.”
Liverpool have seemed to be the leader for Mkhitaryan's services throughout the summer, but now it's been reported by Sami Mokbel of Daily Mail that Tottenham have entered the bidding war for his services.
However, Tottenham seem knee deep in talks for Brazilian playmaker Paulinho, according to Mokbel, and any formal courting of Mkhitaryan will happen after things are sealed for Paulinho's move to White Hart Lane.
Could that give Liverpool enough time to seal a deal with Shakhtar for their prized ace in the midfield?
The most closely followed transfer story of the summer for Liverpool isn't getting any more comprehendible and seems to get more confusing with each development.
Luis Suarez had another touch-up with Real Madrid rumors last week, with Liverpool "furious" at the latest reports claiming their striker has agreed to a deal to join the Bernabeau, according to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph.
The latest news had Liverpool ready for a stand-off with Suarez, according to ESPN FC, as the frayed relationship between English football and the Uruguayan striker looks nowhere closer to being mended.
However, despite all of the mess, 17-year Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher told ESPN that he believes his club has a good shot at retaining Suarez and that he'll go on to have much success with the Reds.
As usual, the latest reports seem to contradict each other, and we're nowhere closer to knowing whether Suarez will return to the Premier League or not. Perhaps we should pump the brakes until he gets back from international duty with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup.
Mkhitaryan isn't the only battle that Liverpool and Tottenham are squaring off in, as both EPL clubs are aiming to land Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu on loan, according to Simon Jones of Daily Mail:
The talented wideman, 19, is among Barcelona's most promising prospects, even by recent standards.
The arrival of Brazil forward Neymar, however, has pushed him further down the Spanish champions' pecking order, and he could therefore benefit from a loan move.
The Spanish prospect can be seen at the U-20 World Cup, where he has emerged as a big threat after scoring twice in the tournament opener against the USA.
Deulofeu hasn't gained much playing time for Barcelona's first team with only four appearances, but he excelled as a top-flight player for the "B" team, recording 18 goals in 33 league matches.
It's only a prospective loan, but it's still a move that could bode well for the Reds and is worth following.
Jonjo Shelvey and Wakaso Mubarak
England U-21 midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has emerged as a target for Swansea City, according to Alan Nixon of the Mirror, and the money Liverpool may receive from a deal would help court another young midfielder in Espanyol's Wakaso Mubarak:
Liverpool are ready to sell Jonjo Shelvey to Swansea - if the Welshmen come up with £5million.
The Swans have opened talks with the Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers - who managed the Liberty Stadium side himself until a year ago - about buying the England Under-21 midfielder.
It has been decided Shelvey can go as part of the Anfield giants' summer shake-up, and Swansea see him as a player who can add bite to their slick-passing playing style.
Shelvey could be one of the players who goes to make room for a slew of potential newcomers to Anfield. If a move goes through, expect it to result in a £4 million bid for the Ghanaian midfielder Mubarak.
The 22-year-old has shown great form for his international team, as you can tell from this video that shows Mubarak drilling a ridiculous 35-foot strike. Certainly, Liverpool fans remember a young Steven Gerrard and his ability to score from long-range strikes.
Mubarak would reportedly come in for a lower price than Shelvey would sell for, per Nixon's report, so this move makes complete sense for the Reds if they believe that Mubarak is a similarly skilled midfielder who fits the system better.
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