Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours Following Norwich Match

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 20, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers gestures to his players as he watches his team play against Arsenal during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Liverpool's march toward winning this season's Premier League crown took a decisive turn for the better following Sunday's 3-2 win over Norwich City.

As a result of that victory, the Reds are now five points clear at the summit of the English top flight and are now guaranteed Champions League football next season.

The club's transfer prospects promise to be boosted this summer thanks to the club's monumental leap in standards over the last nine months, regardless of whether they rake in the title or not.

With that in mind, read on for a breakdown of all the latest transfer news coming from the red half of Merseyside.

Reds Face Fight For Antoine Griezmann

The transfer situation of Real Sociedad attacker Antoine Griezmann continues on in some state of uncertainty, with The Mirror's Steve Stammers writing that Manchester United and Arsenal will challenge Liverpool for his signature this summer.

It's suggested that the winger cum supporting striker will be expected to command a transfer sum of £20 million.

The Frenchman recently denied that a deal had already been agreed with Paris Saint-Germain, taking to his personal Twitter account to set the record straight:'s Mark Doyle translates:

"Having seen this news, I want to deny any discussions or an agreement with a club. I want to clarify that despite rumours of a deal with PSG today, no contact or decisions of this type have been considered."

Griezmann has been on top form for La Real this term, scoring 16 goals in 28 La Liga starts, per, and Liverpool may now back themselves to compete for the signatures of such players on the back of such a fruitful campaign.

Brendan Rodgers Seeking More Transfer Control

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Brendan Rodgers has done a magnificent job of rebuilding Liverpool to the status they once enjoyed as contenders for major silverware, but the Northern Irishman is eager to retain power at Anfield when it comes to his playing personnel.

In the pursuit of building a new legacy at the club, Rodgers wants to pen a new deal with Liverpool, but only if he has control over the transfers, per Simon Mullock of The Mirror:

I came to Liverpool because I hoped it would be a destination rather than just a stopping-off point. I felt the club had everything you would want as a football manager. It’s one of the leading clubs in the world and I want to be allowed to build and develop the club without interference.

I have a great relationship with the owners and, hopefully, we can continue to develop the team. We’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m looking five years ahead.

I’m looking at the expansion of the stadium—just imagine Anfield with another 20,000 supporters in it. I’m 41, I’ve got many years ahead of me—but there aren’t too many bigger than Liverpool.

Anfield's loyal supporters may be pleased to hear that the man who has almost guided them to their first Premier League title is so keen to extend his stay, but relinquishing transfer control is an idea not every club's board is open to.

Club stalwart Steven Gerrard is quoted by Goal's Wayne Veysey as praising Rodgers' impact and approach to his role:

The coming months will assuredly tell us whether Rodgers gets the deal he's looking for, and this 2013-14 season will undoubtedly go down as a pivotal point of debate on his resume.

Lazio Target Set For New Deal

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Liverpool are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of 19-year-old Lazio attacker Keita Balde Diao.

TalkSPORT (h/t The Mirror) quote Diao's agent Ulisse Savini as telling Radio Mana Mana:

We are very close, I see no difficulty. We need to fix the little things, but in reality it is just bureaucracy. The renewal will be signed after Easter, the deal was never in doubt, it was always very smooth.

Italian football expert James Horncastle wrote on Diao's talents early on this season, praising the Barcelona youth graduate for becoming the youngest Serie A goalscorer at the time of writing:

The Mirror's David Anderson reported in March that it would cost Liverpool a fee of £12.5 million to prise the youngster away from the Stadio Olimpico, but that now looks likely to be an insufficient fee with a new four-year deal close to being signed.


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