Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 19
The season may be over for Liverpool and their players might be jetting off to the World Cup, but that doesn’t stop transfer speculation from constantly cropping up.
The Reds are sure to be linked with several names ahead of the 2014/15 season, which will see them return to the Champions League for the first time in five years, but just who will come in and out of the club remains to be seen.
This week is sure to see the Reds linked with several names. We’ll keep track of them here.
Last updated Friday, May 23
Loic Remy "Holds Talks with Liverpool and Arsenal"
Remy, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle from QPR, was recently pictured at Arsenal's game with West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium, and has been widely tipped to move to a Champions League club this summer.
Morgan Schneiderlin Linked with Reds and Gunners
The paper claim that the Reds are ready to battle with Arsene Wenger's side for the signature of the impressive 24-year-old, who could be available for around £12m.
Cameron Brannagan to Barcelona?!
Friday's shock rumour of the day comes from Spanish daily Marca, who link 18-year-old Reds starlet Cameron Brannagan with a move to Barcelona.
Brannagan, who can play in a variety of attacking positions, is extremely highly rated at Anfield, and after being an unused substitute for the FA Cup tie against Oldham this season he played in the recent 4-0 post-season friendly win over Shamrock Rovers.
Instead of a move to Catalonia though, he is far more likely to be seen in the Liverpool first team in 2014/15.
Barcelona Forward Pedro to Add to Attacking Options?
The Daily Mail claim that Liverpool have targeted Barcelona's World Cup winning forward Pedro to further add to their already impressive forward line.
The Spanish international could be made available for transfer as new Nou Camp boss Luis Enrique seeks to implement his own ideas on the Catalan giants, and he would fit the bill of a player who could operate all across the forward line as the Reds enter their Champions League campaign in 2014/15.
Talks Opened for Dejan Lovren, Who Could Replace Daniel Agger
Liverpool have opened talks with Southampton for Croatia defender Dejan Lovren according to the Daily Star, who claim that the Reds' separate move for Lovren's Saints captain Adam Lallana remains on course.
Lovren has been targeted by Brendan Rodgers to strengthen his defence, with the report claiming that a £15m move could see him replace the frustrated Daniel Agger at the club.
Swansea's Michel Vorm to Provide Competition for Simon Mignolet?
Vorm could be available for around £5m, with Swansea perhaps ready to cash in on the 30-year-old as he enters the final two years of his contract.
Big Wilfried Bony Bid Being Prepared?
The Metro claim that Vorm's Swansea teammate Wilfried Bony is also being targeted by the Reds ahead of their assault on the Champions League.
The Ivorian could be available for around £18m following a stellar first season with the Swans in which he scored 25 goals in all competitions.
Ashley Cole Set for Liverpool After Chelsea Exit
The 107-times capped England international is searching for a new challenge after tweeting the following on Monday night:
I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like chelsea will be one of them. 💙💙💙💙— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) May 19, 2014
And now I'll be looking for another journey in my life hope it can be like my others full of fun and of course WIN something, 👍💯💯💯— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) May 20, 2014
Daniel Agger Upset at Being "Third Choice"
Long-serving Danish defender Daniel Agger states that he's not sure if his future lies with Liverpool as he feels manager Brendan Rodgers doesn't trust him.
The defender, who was often overlooked for Martin Skrtel Mamadou Sakho this season, is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:
I don’t know (if I'll stay). That’s up to the manager. I can’t go and put myself on the team sheet.
It definitely wasn’t great (to be left out of the big games against Chelsea and Manchester City), but I don’t make the decisions.
I think it is because the manager doesn’t think that I’m good enough.
Dejan Lovren Aware of Liverpool Interest
Southampton defender Dejan Lovren has remained coy about his links with Liverpool, but he did admit that he was aware of some interest.
The Croatian international impressed during his first season with the Saints. He told Sportske Novosti (h/t the Daily Star):
I also heard something about that (Liverpool).
I follow the media and I saw that Liverpool is allegedly interested in me. But that is all that I know so far.
I feel great at Southampton and my contract is valid for the next three years.
So the only thing I can say right now is that the club is the one who decides.
Arsenal Ahead of Liverpool in James Milner Race
Milner, who is part of the England World Cup squad, has reportedly told City of his wish to leave the Premier League champions in search of more first-team football.
City are apparently reluctant to grant that request as they seek to keep up the number of Englishmen in their squad.
The Guardian report claims that Brendan Rodgers is monitoring Milner’s situation closely before weighing up whether or not to bid for him.
Emre Can Can't Be Purchased Easily
The Reds have a strong interest in the German under-21 international, but Bayer squad manager Michael Reschke told Bild (h/t the Mirror):
We will do everything we can to keep Emre.
Because we are convinced that another year would be right for his sporting development with us.
Liverpool remain hopeful over the signing, though. In fact, according to the Daily Mail, they are ready to battle with Inter Milan for the midfielder's signature after discovering a £10 million release clause in his contract.
Does Suarez's Daughter Hold Key to Forward's Future?
The paper state that the Uruguayan has enrolled four-year-old Delfina in a Merseyside school ahead of the new season, perhaps giving a clear indication that he is ready to compete in another campaign with the Reds.
Mark Hughes Holds Oussama Assaidi Hope
Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes that Liverpool's presence in the Champions League will lead them to allow Oussama Assaidi to complete a permanent move to the Potters.
The Moroccan impressed on loan at the Britannia Stadium during the 2013/14 campaign.
Hughes told Sky Sports:
I'm not saying I know what they are thinking, but I would imagine that being in the Champions League they will spend more money this summer.
And that could go against "Ossie" having a place there.
He is their player and we mustn't forget that, but yes we are hopeful of keeping him here.
It's fair to say that he's enjoyed his time with us and we have enjoyed having him here.