10 Big-Money Stars Liverpool Should Consider Signing

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentJune 5, 2014

10 Big-Money Stars Liverpool Should Consider Signing

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    Liverpool's qualification for the Champions League next season opens up a world of new opportunities in the transfer market.

    If the Daily Star's Chris McKenna is to be believed, Brendan Rodgers has been handed a £60 million war chest this summer.

    Furthermore, the appeal of Champions League football will allow Liverpool to attract a higher calibre of player to the club, an obstacle they previously found hard to overcome when chasing the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian and Mohammed Salah.

    Having already secured England international Rickie Lambert and Germany's Emre Can this summer, could Liverpool be eyeing a big-money swoop for one of Europe's top stars?

    Here we look at 10 potential candidates for a lucrative move to Anfield this summer.

Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

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    Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is without doubt one of the most outstanding defenders in world football.

    Strong, tall and experienced, but only 25 years old, the Dortmund captain would be the solid rock Liverpool so desperately need in their defence.

    Valued at £22.8 million on Transfermarkt, if only he could be prised away from the Westfalenstadion.

Adam Lallana (Southampton)

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    Adam Lallana isn't just one of the rising talents of English football—he's already risen.

    Having proven his fantastic attacking credentials at Southampton, Lallana has been firmly on Liverpool's radar this summer, but unwilling to go above their £25 million valuation of the England international, Liverpool look set to give up hope of signing him, according to ESPN.

    Lallana is valued at just £6.6 million on Transfermarket, so maybe Southampton should take Liverpool's money and run.

Pedro (Barcelona)

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    There has been much speculation about the future of Barcelona forward Pedro this summer and Liverpool are eyeing a move for him, according to David Maddock of The Mirror.

    However, Pedro played 37 of Barcelona's 38 La Liga games in 2013-14, scoring 15 goals and creating 37 goalscoring opportunities for his teammates, according to Squawka.

    No wonder then that the Spanish international is valued at £22 million on Transfermarkt.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)

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    A former Anfield favourite and linchpin in Liverpool's midfield, the fight, hunger and bite of Javier Mascherano would make a welcome return in Brendan Rodgers' side.

    Complete with a wealth of experience from both his Liverpool and Barcelona days, Mascherano would also be the perfect role model from which Reds youngsters could absorb their education.

    Valued at £13.2 million on Transfermarkt, the 29-year-old looks set to renew his contract at the Campo Nou, according to Sky Italia.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich)

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    The speculation surrounding Xherdan Shaqiri and a summer move to Liverpool has calmed of late, but there's no doubting his exceptional talents.

    Shaqiri is comfortable on either side of midfield and would add a very dynamic option to Rodgers' already exciting offensive line-up.

    Bayern are overwhelmed with talent and a summer exit for the Swiss international wouldn't come as a huge shock in the Bundesliga.

    The 22-year-old is valued at £17.6 million by Transfermarkt.

Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad)

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    French international Antoine Griezmann has had a good week, scoring his first goal for his country in their 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

    The 23-year-old winger is an exciting talent and the hottest prospect of French football and one to watch out for at the World Cup this summer.

    His market value currently stands at £22 million, according to Transfermarkt.

Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg)

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    Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez is one of the rising stars of the Bundesliga, but it will take a big offer to prise him away from Wolfsburg.

    Henry Jackson recently wrote of Rodriguez on This Is Anfield:

    The 21-year-old has everything needed to become world-class in his position: pace, power, dribbling, a terrific final ball and good defensive work. The threat he poses going forward is particularly impressive, and his seven goals and assists in 2013/14 would be good statistics for a winger, let alone a full-back.

    Liverpool could really use an attacking-minded left-back, able to surge forward, but be athletic enough to track back effectively.

    After a very impressing 2013-14, he is currently valued at £17.6 million by Transfermarkt.

Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)

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    Liverpool are embroiled in a transfer race with Manchester United to sign Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson.

    Like Pedro, it seems unlikely that Barcelona would part with forward Sanchez, the 25-year-old having made 34 La Liga appearances in 2013-14.

    The Chilean international would provide Liverpool with a finishing instinct to rival Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in attack, but his current market value of £26.4 million, as per Transfermarkt, is very high. 

Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)

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    Fabregas appears to be the darling transfer target of England's top clubs this summer, with Chelsea looking favourites to sign the midfielder, according to Metro.

    He certainly left an impression on the Premier League when he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011 and at 27-years-old still caries a calm but well-marshalled aura to his game.

    Despite the speculation surrounding his Camp Nou exit, Fabregas made 36 La Liga appearances for Barcelona in 2013-14 and as such is valued at a whopping £44 million on Transfermarkt.

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)

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    In the January transfer window, Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka's move to Liverpool looked nailed on.

    However, when Dnipro denied the 24-year-old his move to Anfield, the transfer began to fall cold.

    Yet Konoplyanka is a very exciting talent, having lit up Dnipro's midfield during 2013-14 and carrying their attack forward.

    Rated at around £16 million by the Mirror, could Liverpool still go back in for Konoplyanka this summer, or is the deal dead?