Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Mateo Musacchio, Luke Shaw and More

Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 25, 2014

Southampton's Luke Shaw is interesting Brendan Rodgers.
Southampton's Luke Shaw is interesting Brendan Rodgers.Scott Heppell/Associated Press

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers has bought very well since becoming boss of the Anfield side, and his policy of recruiting young, exciting and hungry individuals is likely to continue this summer.

To that end, various players have already been sounded out with a view to making the switch to Merseyside for the start of next season.

Let's take a look at some of the latest transfer news surrounding the club.


Mateo Musacchio

Mateo Musacchio has been in sparkling form for Villarreal this season.
Mateo Musacchio has been in sparkling form for Villarreal this season.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Apart from a recent game against Espanyol, Mateo Musacchio has played in every minute of every match for Villarreal. details just why that sort of consistency might be of interest to Brendan Rodgers:

The 23-year-old Argentinian is at the peak of his powers in La Liga at present, and it's easy to understand why he has caught the attention of some of Europe's top sides.

A report from talkSPORT notes that Barcelona and Manchester United are also courting the 6'0" central defender, so any acquisition may not be as clear-cut as Rodgers might like.

Having said that, an unconfirmed €50 million price tag, per Lee Roden of talkSPORT, might even put the studious Northern Irishman off from placing a formal bid.

Villarreal sit nicely poised in seventh place and just two points separate them from fifth spot, but they can only hope to qualify for European competition.

Liverpool will offer a guarantee of the same which could well tip the balance in trying to secure the player. 


Luke Shaw

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Southampton's Luke Shaw could be one of Liverpool's first summer signings, according to the Mail on Sunday, via Ben Burrows' report in the Daily Mirror.

The England left-back would certainly be a welcome addition, given the Reds' dearth of talent in the position at the moment.

He is unlikely to come cheap, and UEFA 'A' Licence coach Kieran Smith wonders what all the fuss is about:

Whilst Southampton play a wonderful brand of expansive football, they will be unable to offer European football. 

Liverpool will not only be able to provide the same, but a move would also see Shaw line up alongside England colleagues Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson.

That could be an important factor in the youngster's decision.


Adam Johnson

Sunderland are being offered Fabio Borini as a makeweight to a deal for Adam Johnson.
Sunderland are being offered Fabio Borini as a makeweight to a deal for Adam Johnson.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

According to Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express, Sunderland's Adam Johnson could be on his way to Anfield in a swap deal with on-loan Fabio Borini.

The Italian is due to return to Anfield in the summer, but Jefferson understands that Brendan Rodgers would be interested in allowing the striker to sign a permanent deal at the Stadium of Light if it results in Johnson coming the other way.

The tricky winger has played himself into some good form in a fading Sunderland side. Seven goals and three assists in his last 11 games (per is a great return from a player who always looks dangerous when in possession of the football.

His recent performances have also caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, but Johnson himself thinks it unlikely he will make Hodgson's final World Cup squad. Sky Sports' Twitter feed reported on Johnson's ire:

Whilst no transfer fee has yet been mentioned, Johnson would provide the pace and width that Rodgers requires from his wide men.

And at 26 years of age, he still has his best years ahead of him.