Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Christian Eriksen, Luis Suarez and More
The Eredivisie raid by Premier League clubs will continue if Liverpool get their way.
EPL clubs have gone to the Netherlands and snatched up a lot of talent already. With the Eredivisie's pedigree as a breeding ground for young stars, there are still plenty of top-quality players available for very reasonable prices.
Liverpool tried to join in on the fun last year when they purchased Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen. While that hasn't worked out well, the Reds might have much better luck this season.
Here are some updates on some of Liverpool's ongoing transfers.
Frank de Boer Admits He Might Lose Christian Eriksen
With Christian Eriksen's contract ending at the end of the upcoming season, there's always been a strong chance he would leave this summer. Ajax manager Frank de Boer has gone on record saying that he could lose the player this summer, mentioning Liverpool as an option, per Sky Sports:
It is up to Christian what he wants. If he feels good going to Liverpool, then it is up to him.
I would want nothing more than having him with us for a few more years.
But we realise the interest in this kind of player is huge. And I can also understand that he wants to make another step in his career. I can't stop him.
Adding Eriksen would be a great move for Brendan Rodgers, especially after missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 21-year-old Danish midfielder would be the creative option in midfield the club has so sorely lacked since the departure of Xabi Alonso.
Considering his contract situation, Liverpool would also have some bargaining power when it came to the transfer fee. The Reds would be able to get Eriksen for a very reasonable fee.
Eriksen could choose to sign a new deal at Ajax. The likelihood of that happening seems slim, though, as he has probably taken his career as far as it can go at the club. Eriksen is going to be up for grabs this summer. It's all about getting him before anybody else does.
Arsenal Up Bid for Luis Suarez to £35 million
Arsenal aren't backing down in their pursuit of Luis Suarez. David Hytner of The Guardian reported the Gunners offered £35 million for the forward:
Arsene Wenger is determined to test Liverpool's resolve over Luis Suarez with an improved £35m bid. The Arsenal manager has lined up a deal for Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuaín, with the Argentina striker having agreed personal terms in principle on a move to the Emirates Stadium. But the delay in signing Higuaín has come as Wenger explores the possibility of pulling off a coup by landing Suárez.
Arsenal have been in contact with Liverpool to indicate a readiness to pay £30m for the Uruguayan only to be told that the figure was too low. Only something much closer to £40m may make Liverpool reconsider, even though they will fight to keep their star player. Wenger is keen to give them a decision to make and Manchester City have also expressed an interest.
If Liverpool are smart, they'll hold off until a club meets their £40-50 million valuation of the player. In most cases, the player has all the leverage when it becomes apparent he wants to leave. It's hard to argue Liverpool aren't in a place of strength when it comes to these negotiations, though.
Suarez has a contract at the club. There's no threat of him leaving at the end of the next season for nothing. Either he shows up and plays for Liverpool next season, or he doesn't.
By sitting back and not playing, Suarez is only going to ensure that he's got no chance at getting a move away from Liverpool. He's not playing with a sparkling reputation. By refusing to play, Suarez would just look like an even bigger malcontent, and no clubs would want to touch him.
Reds Chasing Toby Alderweireld and Ryan Bertrand
Liverpool need to do something to shore up their back four. Daniel Agger continues to be a rock. Martin Skrtel, on the other hand, is a different issue. He struggled to fit into Rodgers' system and took a major step back. The club would probably be smart to upgrade this summer.
The Daily Mirror's Matt Law reported Toby Alderweireld and Ryan Bertrand could be options:
Liverpool want to clinch a £22million double deal for Ajax stars Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld while Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand is also on their radar.
Alderweireld has turned down the chance to discuss personal terms with Norwich after the Dutch giants agreed a £7m deal for the centre-back with the Carrow Road club.
He explained why he would not be rushed into a move to Norwich—leaving the door open for Liverpool.
“I am keeping all my options open,” said Alderweireld. “I am not rushing out the door. The whole picture of my next club has to be perfect. With every offer I am receiving this summer, I look at the pros and cons. The total package of my next club has to be right for me.”
Liverpool have also made an enquiry about left-back Bertrand as Rodgers attempts to build a squad capable of challenging for the top four.
Both would be solid additions, although Bertrand makes a little less sense considering Liverpool have Jack Robinson waiting in the wings.
Alderweireld, though, would make a lot of sense for the Reds. He's a physical centre-back who can mark quicker, more agile attackers. The 24-year-old's best attribute is his distribution. He can spray passes from the back to help start the attack.
The big concern would be having him and Agger together. They're both very similar, so it might be a problem with them wanting to be in the same positions, making the same passes. The back would lack a stronger presence who could more disrupt the attack.
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