Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 8
After the early promise of four signings wrapped up by the end of June, it's been a frustrating start to July for Liverpool fans, as they watch their team fail to follow up with any big transfers.
Of course there's still plenty of time for the Reds to find new signings and to ship out those who Brendan Rodgers feels are no longer required. As always, there are plenty of rumours around to give clues as to who those names might be.
Here are all the rumours and latest news regarding ins and outs to Liverpool in one place for you, updated throughout the week, so check back regularly!
————Last update: Sun, July 14.
Double Ajax Swoop
Liverpool are returning their sights to Ajax pair Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen.
That's the assessment of Matt Law at Mirror Football, who writes that manager Brendan Rodgers is prepared to pay around £22 million for the pair. That would rate Eriksen at £15 million, with defender Alderweireld already having had a £7 million offer for him accepted, from Norwich City—though he turned down the move.
Both Ajax players have just one year remaining on their contracts, which might be the reason that neither have been signed up elsewhere yet; clubs may prefer to try and sign them for a much lower cost, or else wait until next summer.
Bayern Star on the Radar
Jamie Sanderson at the Metro reports that Liverpool are after a different attacking midfield option altogether.
Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri is the man Brendan Rodgers wants to sign after missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the story, and will pay up to £20 million to land him.
Shaqiri was part of the all-conquering Bayern team from last season but there will be fierce competition for places under new boss Pep Guardiola, with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller being joined by Mario Gotze and, in all probability, Thiago Alcantara—even without considering Shaqiri in that line.
Reds in for Chelsea Left-Back
Bertrand broke into the first-team scene at Stamford Bridge a couple of seasons ago, featuring in the Champions League final of 2012, but is still not a regular with England's Ashley Cole ahead of him. The report indicates that Bertrand may be used by the Blues as a bargaining chip to help with the signing of Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez Latest
Time for another update on Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan forward apparently wants out of Anfield this summer, and though a bid from Arsenal was rejected for him earlier in the week—as per BBC—his agent is reported, also by the BBC, as having informed Liverpool that he wants to leave.
With the Gunners perhaps already out of the picture after their bid was turned down, John Cross of the Mirror reports that fellow London club Chelsea are looking to make an even bigger bid, of around £40 million, to keep Suarez in the Premier League.
Cissokho Wants in
Giscard Gourizro of Sky Sports has reported that Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho is interested in a move to Liverpool, but that so far there have been no talks between the Reds and Los Che.
Cissokho is reported to have said:
I will not believe that I am going anywhere until I am in Liverpool and having a medical. Liverpool is such a great club, so to be linked with them is fantastic. But there is nothing concrete from anyone at the moment. If there is an opportunity to join such a club, I will take it. Valencia are a great club, in a great city, but Liverpool are a legendary club.
It certainly seems to be the case that the player is there for the taking if he is indeed on Brendan Rodgers' wanted list, and it is thought he would cost significantly less than the £7 million Valencia paid for him only last summer.
Benteke Asks for Transfer
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has officially handed in a transfer request, as per Sky Sports, and the report indicates that Liverpool are one of several clubs with a big interest in taking the talented Belgian away from Villa Park this summer.
There will be fierce competition for his signature with Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City all expected to be involved for the race to capture him, just a year after he arrived in the Premier League for around £7 million.
It is not yet clear how much Villa want for him, though they have specified he will not leave unless they receive an "offer within an appropriate time-frame during pre-season which meets our valuation."
Xabi Alonso Staying
One player continuously linked with Liverpool, but almost certainly not coming back this summer, is Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso.
The former Reds midfielder is quoted by TalkSPORT as saying there is "no chance" he will return to the Premier League this summer, and that his future lies in Madrid.
Liverpool and Chelsea had been thought to be targeting Alonso by some media publications.
Reds Miss Mkhitaryan
Perhaps Liverpool's biggest transfer target of the summer has signed a deal for a move—but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not going to be playing for Liverpool in 2013-14.
The Armenian has signed a deal with German league title and Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund, meaning the Reds have missed out on a big piece of Rodgers' plans.
BBC report that he has signed a four-year contract for a transfer fee of around £24.5 million. Liverpool fans meanwhile will have to wait to see who else Rodgers has in mind for the creative attacking midfield role.
Downing to Follow Carroll?
The Hammers earlier completed a permanent deal for Andy Carroll, who had been on loan at West Ham last season.
Downing struggled for games at the Reds last season before Christmas, before winning his place and being an integral part of the side over the second half of the season. Downing would likely fetch Liverpool somewhere in the region of £6-8 million.