Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 21

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 21

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    Liverpool are moving ever closer to their first league title in 24 years, with Sunday's 3-2 victory at Norwich City ensuring that they now need seven points to claim what would be a remarkable success.

    The hysteria over the title challenge has allowed many to overlook the fact that the Reds secured Champions League football with that Norwich win, and as a result they will have opened up the possibility of bringing in some high-profile players in the summer.

    But who will those players be?

    Here we'll keep track of the latest news and rumours around the Reds all week.

    Last updated Thursday April 24

Reds Eyeing Highly Rated Teenage Pair

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    The Reds are continuing to keep an eye on the future, judging by a report in the Daily Mirror which indicates their interest in signing a pair of highly-rated teenagers. 

    Sixteen-year-old West Bromwich Albion forward Tyler Roberts, who currently captains the Wales under-16 side, has been targeted in a £200,000 move, whilst 18-year-old Bristol City centre-back Jack Batten has been lined up for a £75,000 switch.

Daniel Agger to Team Up with Rafael Benitez Again at Napoli?

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    The Daily Express believe that Danish defender Daniel Agger could be ready to link up with his former boss Rafael Benitez again, with the Spaniard keen to tack the centre-back to Napoli.

    Agger has been in and out of the team this season as he's struggled with injuries, with his place currently being taken by Mamadou Sakho.

    The paper also claims that the Reds are again looking at last summer's defensive target Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke, as well as Sporting Lisbon's Marco Rojo.

Reds Ready to Spend in the Summer: Ian Ayre

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    Having secured a spot in the Champions League next season, Liverpool will now invest heavily in the summer according to managing director Ian Ayre.

    The Reds have kept a relatively small squad this season, but now the addition of European football ensures that they'll have to flesh it out somewhat.

    Ayre told the BBC:

    It will cost what it costs when we decide who the manager wants to buy.

    It has always been tougher in the transfer market when you are not competing at the highest level.

    We have always been fortunate to be able to bring great players here despite that, but there is no question it opens up a few doors for us and makes it a little bit easier.

    There is no question we always expected that the squad we need for next season will be very different to the squad that we have needed for this year when we were not playing in Europe.


Cristian Tello Set to Be on the Market in the Summer

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    talkSPORT claim that Barcelona winger Cristian Tello will be on the market in the summer for around £8m, although Liverpool will have to battle with AC Milan for the wide man's signature.

    The radio station cite reports in Italy that Milan have already met with player's representatives, and so the Reds are going to have to move quickly to pick up the pacy 22-year-old. 

Surprise Move for Stephane Mbia on the Cards?

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    Cameroonian midfielder Stephane Mbia is interesting Liverpool, Everton and Inter Milan according to talkSPORT, who even claim that the Reds have made contact with 27-year-old.

    Mbia was part of the Queens Park Rangers team which were relegated from the Premier League last season, but has impressed on loan at Sevilla this season.


The Luis Suarez to Real Madrid Rumour Resurfaces

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    It must be that time of year again.

    The Daily Express are reporting that Real Madrid are ready to reignite their interest in Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, with the Spanish giants apparently willing to sacrifice Karim Benzema in a bid to get their man.

    Confusingly citing reports in Italy, the Express report claims that Real will offer Benzema to Arsenal in a bid to raise the cash for the Uruguayan.

Luis Muriel Bid Being Prepared?

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    Sports Mole cite a story from Italian publication Tutto Mercato which claims that Liverpool are ready to step up their interest in Udinese's Colombian forward Luis Muriel.

    The 23-year-old Muriel has only scored four goals this season, following on from 11 in the last campaign, but is widely considered to be one of the brightest attacking talents in Italy.

Shock Bid for Cardiff Stopper David Marshall?

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    Metro claims that Liverpool could make a £6m move for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall, who is regarded by many to have been one of the best custodians in the Premier League this season.

    Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has occasionally attracted criticism for some of his errors during the campaign, and the report claims that Brendan Rodgers would see Marshall as strong competition for the Belgian, moving for him if Cardiff were to be relegated.