Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 15
It's time for another roundup of all the latest transfer news and gossip concerning Liverpool Football Club, after a week of little activity on that particular front.
The Reds are stepping up their preseason efforts after playing their first friendly and then heading off on tour. Expectations of incomings and outgoings are bound to increase as we head toward the start of the season.
This time around we've got the latest on three players possibly heading out of the club, including two senior stars, and a trio of players linked with moves to Liverpool.
Here's all the latest news, updated throughout the week.
Last update: July 16
Luis Suarez Latest
David Maddock of the Mirror reports that Luis Suarez is still the subject of interest from Spanish club Real Madrid, and that the Reds could be looking at the first bid being made for him early this week.
The report indicates that the offer is likely to be of little interest to Liverpool though, with Gonzalo Higuain being offered, plus £10 million in cash, in exchange for Suarez.
Liverpool are expected to demand at least £40 million if their star forward is to depart this season, though he is at present scheduled to fly out to Asia for the club's summer tour.
Dani Pacheco to Leave
Another forward who was scheduled to go on tour with the Reds was Dani Pacheco, who was initially named in the travelling party on the club's website—before his name was removed from the list. The young Spaniard himself confirmed on Twitter that he wouldn't be going.
Finally not traveling to Asia. Will talk about my future this season in next couple of days. Thank you. YNWA— Daniel Pacheco (@dani37pacheco) July 16, 2013
Pacheco saw out last season on loan in Spain at Huesca and has also had loan spells in England with Norwich City and in Spain with Rayo Vallecano, but has only played 17 times for Liverpool in competitive matches since arriving in 2007.
With one year remaining on his contract, Pacheco may be allowed to leave for free rather than being loaned out again and leaving upon expiration at the end of the coming season.
Christian Eriksen Rumours Continue
Next over to Holland and Ajax's Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen, who continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool.
TEAMTalk reportes that he has turned down a potential move to Bayer Leverkusen, while ESPN indicates that there have been no firm offers for the attacking midfielder. His manager Frank de Boer, however, is said to have agreed that a move to Liverpool would be possible if the player requested it.
Eriksen has just one year remaining on his contract but has not yet seen any of the major clubs in Europe make an approach for him.
Xherdan Shaqiri a Surprise Target
Liverpool will have to turn their attacking midfield-based attentions elsewhere after missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Jamie Sanderson of Metro is reporting that Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich has become a prime target.
Shaqiri can operate on either flank of the attack and would certainly be a prize capture for the Reds if he were available.
The report states that a bid of up to £20 million might be sanctioned for Liverpool to sign the Bayern attacker.
Martin Montoya Links Surface Again
Zarif Rasul of TalkSPORT writes that Barcelona are hoping to convince full-back Martin Montoya to sign a new contract with them to see off any interest from Liverpool.
Montoya is also reported to be wanted by Bayer Leverkusen and Inter Milan. But with only one year remaining on his contract, he could be convinced by his current club to sign a new deal and become a first-team challenger.
He has played more than 25 times for Spanish youth-level teams and was involved this summer at the successful under-21 European Championships campaign.
Finally, speculation on a present player. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina would be more likely to leave Liverpool than remain as a backup player, is the opinion of Jan Molby, according to Goal.com.
I’d be very surprised if both of them were there on September 1. In the first three or four years Pepe was here he was as good as the club’s ever had. He hasn’t quite been the same in the last couple of years but I think he’s a great keeper. Possibly the time has come for him to move on.
Simon Mignolet arrived from Sunderland to provide competition for the first-choice goalkeeper position and there remains rumours that Reina will therefore be moving on. No concrete offers, however, have been made public.