Liverpool's summer looks set to be crammed full of transfers, especially if the club makes good on their promise to qualify for next season's Champions League.
The Reds are being linked with bringing in a host of names as Brendan Rodgers looks set to continue building on his excellent work of the past two years. With so much chatter doing the rounds, here's a round-up of news and comments from the latest batch of rumoured targets.
Latest News and Comment from Reds’ Big Summer Targets
Ruben Pardo, Real Sociedad
At just 21 years old, Ruben Pardo is defined by maturity. The composed Real Sociedad midfielder has been excellent in the La Liga side's midfield this season, keeping momentum moving with smart passes to his more explosive team-mates.
His exploits in the Champions League have forced many to take notice. Liverpool are said to be in with a shot of signing the impressive Spaniard, who is also said to be interesting Real Madrid, according to Francisco Acedo of Sky Sports.
Even so, Pardo is content with his time in Sociedad. He has confirmed his desire to stay, as revealed by AS and covered in Sky Sports' aforementioned report:
I am happy. Sincerely, I am not preoccupied with the rumours about English clubs. If I think about the rumours it damages my game. I am focussed on Real Sociedad.
My deal ends in June 2016 but my desire is to stay many years with Real because I am very happy in San Sebastian.
Staying in Spain, it seems one potential transfer is about to be whisked off the table by Barcelona. TalkSPORT believes the Catalan club will enter contract renewal negotiations with Pedro, ending speculation that suggested he could be on his way to Anfield.
Pedro is undoubtedly a Rodgers-styled winger, the kind of pacey threat who loves to hit the byline and can score regularly. The 26-year-old has netted 14 goals in 32 appearances across La Liga and the Champions League this season, per WhoScored.com, proving a more lethal alternative to Neymar.
Unfortunately for Reds fans, this potential move looks to be extremely unlikely.
Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon
From one prolific attacking midfielder/winger to another, Alexandre Lacazette is certainly an alternative to Pedro, should Rodgers wish to sign another explosive talent.
The 22-year-old has been in fine form this season, despite Lyon's disappointing campaign. He has scored 14 in a combined total of 31 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Europa League, providing individual excellence during a tough year for the French team.
Lacazette's versatility means he can play anywhere across the midfield and forward line, usually coming in off the wings. His boundless energy allows him to work hard defensively, but discipline is certainly a problem. The starlet has notched five yellow cards and two reds this season, per WhoScored.com.
He has played down talks of moving to Liverpool, or indeed, anywhere else, as reported by Ben Jefferson of the Express:
If there really is a club that is interested in me and I cannot advance with Lyon, it will be discussed.
But I don't think it will come to that. The matter will be talked about between men and discussed intelligently.
Martin Hinteregger, Red Bull Salzburg
Perhaps the least known of Liverpool's targets is Martin Hinteregger, a young Austrian centre-back who is beginning to garner interest on the continent. Rumour has it Liverpool are monitoring the player after he nullified Luis Suarez during a recent friendly against Uruguay, per the Observer and via Ben Burrows of the Mirror:
Liverpool have had promising centre-back Martin Hinteregger watched ahead of a possible summer switch.
[...] With Brendan Rodgers' side looking set to end their four-year exile from the Champions League, Hinteregger could be one of many new faces heading into Anfield this summer.
Hinteregger is physical, tall and is a natural battler on the pitch. His combative style would be welcome in England and may provide decent cover for the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, as Rodgers looks to the future with his signing.
The Liverpool boss certainly has plenty of options heading into an exciting preseason for the club. Rodgers has helped make the Reds an attractive place to play once more, and this can be seen with the targets the team is being linked to.
There's many decisions to be made during the summer. Rodgers has the tactical nous and scouting strength to unearth plenty of gems from across Europe, there's no doubt about that. With Liverpool facing a hectic schedule in four competitions next season, the manager will need to work avidly during the coming months.
He should prioritise fresh defensive reinforcements and will need to sell players such as Fabio Borini if further attacking power is added.
Hinteregger looks to be a smart investment, someone who would perhaps push Toure out of the team quicker than expected, while the prospect of having Lacazette on the opposite wing to Raheem Sterling could set Liverpool up for a trophy-laden future.