Liverpool Transfer News: Breaking Down Latest Buzz on Reds' Summer Plans

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMay 23, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Fresh off a surprisingly successful 2013-14 Premier League campaign, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the Reds are gearing up for a busy summer transfer window.

Having earned the second spot in the EPL, Liverpool guaranteed they would be a part of Europe's elite football competitions outside of league play. That boost, along with the undeniable fact that the Reds are serious Premier League contenders entering the new season, could allow Liverpool to land their top targets in the transfer market.

Let's break down the latest news coming out of Liverpool's camp regarding their summer intentions.


Barcelona Winger Pedro on Reds' Radar

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Already with a couple of world-class forwards on the roster, Rodgers isn't shying away from further bolstering his attack as he's targeted one of the world's best.

Longtime Barcelona forward Pedro has become one of Liverpool's coveted players over the transfer window, per Daily Mirror's David Maddock:

Liverpool are lining up an audacious move for Spanish World Cup star Pedro.

The Reds have already made a discreet approach to his club Barcelona over the striker’s availability... and been told the 26-year-old IS available at the right price.

This is the second notable Barcelona attacker to be linked to Merseyside in recent days, as Alexis Sanchez also saw his name floating around

Either move would certainly be a "win now" move for the Reds. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are a wrecking-ball duo in terms of goal scoring, but 19-year-old Raheem Sterling was thrust into playing time that the 26-year-old Pedro could better benefit from at the moment. Then there's always the possibility that Suarez leaves over the summer, and the inevitability that more European football will bring a further need for second-team reinforcements. 

The Reds already have a formidable attack, but it sputtered at times when squads closed in on Suarez and Sturridge. Adding Pedro or even Sanchez would give Liverpool another world-class option up front.


Liverpool Battling With Rivals to Sign Coveted Youngster

KAZAN, RUSSIA - MAY 04: Sardar Azmoun (L) of FC Rubin Kazan is challenged by Solvi Ottesen of FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Rubin Kazan and FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast at the Tsentraliniy Stadium
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Whenever a young player climbs the ranks fast under the age of 20 at a small club, EPL giants like Liverpool take notice. Such is the case with Sardar Azmoun.

However, the big-time hype surrounding the 19-year-old has caused Arsenal and Tottenham to also make a strong move for his services along with Liverpool, per Daily Mirror's Paul Gorst.

Azmoun plays for Rubin Kazan of the Russian Premier League, where he's made less than 15 appearances and has four goals. But he's dazzled with Iran's under-20 team, with more goals (19) than caps (17) and a vast potential as told by his nickname of "Iranian Messi."

Arsenal's £2 million bid for him last winter didn't materialize, and Rubin Kazan has only seen their young star splash onto the scene even more since that. With three of the EPL's biggest clubs in pursuit, the asking price is sure to skyrocket.

Azmoun and Sterling would be quite the young core of forwards to build toward the future with if Liverpool are able to land the Iranian. 


Reds Emerging as Players for Loic Remy

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-  May 03: Loic Remy of Newcastle celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James'  Park on May 03, 2014  in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty
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From the moment that Loic Remy was seen at a late-season Arsenal fixture, the Gunners looked poised to land the striker over the offseason. But that story took an interesting turn on Thursday. 

According to Daily Mail's David Kent, Liverpool could possibly hijack the Gunners' Remy bid:

"French striker Loic Remy has held talks with Liverpool and Arsenal over a summer move, according to a source close to the player," Kent's report reads. 

Remy is owned by Queens Park Rangers, but according to Express' Ben Jefferson, he's already made up his mind over an offseason move even though QPR can promote to the Premier League with a victory over Derby County

The 27-year-old dazzled on loan at Newcastle last season, with 14 goals in 24 starts—stats that would've been better had a calf injury not popped up late in the season. 

Remy has shown the ability to impress as a first-team striker in the EPL, but he likely won't walk into a starting spot if Liverpool end up signing him. He could be much-needed, though, as the Reds will need depth up front to compete in their packed 2014-15 slate. 


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