Brendan Rodgers appears to be one of the Premier League's busiest managers right now.
The Liverpool boss is said to be well on his way to signing Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen, potentially his second acquisition in a matter of days after Rickie Lambert joined the club. The move for Adam Lallana, however, is far less certain. Serge Aurier's name has also been thrown into the mix of potential improvements, indicating a busy preseason awaits.
Here, we detail the latest news on all three targets.
Latest on Liverpool's Potential Transfer Activity
Emre Can, Bayer Leverkusen
Liverpool have announced an agreement to sign Can, in principle, according to the club's website:
The Reds' chances of landing Can seemed complex, but Rodgers' interest can now be believed. Leverkusen chief Michael Schade recently confirmed an official bid had been lodged from the English club, reported by Bild and via Sky Sports:
"Until Tuesday, it was a rumour," said Schade. "Now I can confirm that an official offer from Liverpool is received by mail."
Jan Aage Fjortoft, whose punditry is based in Germany, indicated Liverpool have met Can's buyout clause, but doubts the player is ready to excel in the Premier League:
Leverkusen now confirming that they have received an official offer of Emre Can from Liverpool.BuyOutClause for abroad at 12 mill euro #lfc— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 4, 2014
Rodgers: Rates Emre Can Me: Doubtful Rodgers: Manager Me: Not Rodgers: Spends 12 mill euro Me: Zero Rodgers: Hope does well Me: Too #LFC— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 4, 2014
Of course, this could all go horribly wrong if Bayern Munich step up their interest in the player. The Bundesliga champions have a buyback clause after selling the youngster last year, "but German publications kicker and Bild have both reported that Leverkusen are free to sell him to a club in another country under the terms of his contract," per Richard Jolly and Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC.
A second signing of the summer certainly highlights Rodgers means business.
Adam Lallana, Southampton
Is £25 million not enough to sign Lallana? Rodgers and Liverpool fans may be asking themselves this very question right now. It seems the Merseyside club's "take it or leave it offer" has failed to capture Southampton's interest, per an alternate Jolly report:
Liverpool will move on to other transfer targets if they cannot conclude a deal for Southampton captain Adam Lallana soon, a source told ESPN.
A £25 million offer for 26-year-old Lallana remains on the table and Liverpool's preference would be to finalise his signing soon. But they are unwilling to raise their bid and believe the onus now lies with either Southampton or Lallana to determine what happens next.
While Lallana has proven his quality in the Premier League across the last two seasons, £25 million is rather pricey for a player who has little international experience and has never stepped foot into the Champions League.
It makes sense that Liverpool have issued an ultimatum of sorts, as Rodgers can land alternative game-changing talent with those kind of funds.
Serge Aurier, Toulouse
Should Brendan Rodgers offer more than £25 million for Adam Lallana?
Reports have continuously linked Aurier with a move to Arsenal over recent weeks, a transfer that makes perfect sense considering the club are contending with the loss of Bacary Sagna. While a deal seemed imminent between the two parties, Liverpool have now emerged as favourites to land the Ivory Coast right-back.
"There is no agreement with Arsenal," said Stephane Courbis, the player's agent, reported by James Dickenson of the Express. "We've talked in past but there has been nothing recently. We're in talks with another English side."
Dickenson indicates "Liverpool are poised to swoop" for the player who primarily plays as a right-back. Aurier can also slot into the centre and be pushed forward into midfield, a huge plus for Rodgers. The Northern Irish manager favours his players to flaunt versatility and could utilise Aurier across a number of roles throughout what is shaping up to be an extremely busy 2014-15 campaign.
Rodgers seems keen to complete any new signings quickly. He may be wary of valuations fluctuating throughout the World Cup and is likely to want a maximum time with his squad additions. The intensity of Liverpool's play nearly saw the Anfield club secure their first Premier League title, and any newcomers will quickly need to hit their potential in a demanding team.
Strength in depth will be key to any trophy success next season, as Rodgers seeks to galvanise Liverpool's chances with a smattering of world-class additions.