Liverpool reportedly face a Merseyside battle with Everton to land out-of-favour Barcelona forward Cristian Tello.
As reported by Colin Harvey of the Daily Star, Brendan Rodgers may face stiff competition from neighbours who enjoyed taking Gerard Deulofeu on loan from the Blaugrana last season:
Deulofeu made quite an impression on Merseyside with the Toffees last season and boss Roberto Martinez is hoping lightening can strike twice as he goes back in for a second Barca youngster.
Martinez enjoys a good relationship with the Barca hierarchy and in turn they trust him to bring on their players well.
Should Brendan Rodgers try to sign Cristian Tello from Barcelona?
Harvey suggests Martinez "could prove to be a deciding factor" in a three-way tussle that is also said to include Tottenham Hotspur. Tello started just two games across La Liga and the Champions League last year and has struggled to make an impression since Neymar joined Barca in 2013, per WhoScored.com.
His versatility—the ability to play on either wing—is exactly what Rodgers looks for in his signings, while his untapped potential remains a luring point for the Northern Irish manager who has worked wonders on players, including Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.
Rodgers is looking to make sweeping changes during preseason. He's already added an alternative attacking option with Rickie Lambert joining the club and continues to pursue Adam Lallana, reported by Ben Smith of BBC Sport. Emre Can is also set to link up with the team, noted by Sky Sports.
Janusz Michallik of ESPN believes Can is a solid signing:
Smart signing by Liverpool with Emre Can. Very intelligent. Fits number of needs. Young but ready to contribute.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) June 5, 2014
The boss is set to offload unneeded players in order to accommodate any new faces, per Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo:
"Liverpool FC 's summer squad re-shape is set to gather pace, with a number of fringe players expected to leave Anfield in the coming weeks," reads the article. "And first among them could be the young trio of Suso, Samed Yesil and Luis Alberto."
Rodgers' team faces a busy schedule next year. It will be tasked with pushing for the Premier League title while battling through the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, confirming additional strength in depth is needed.
Liverpool's lack of well-rounded quality outside the first XI saw them throw away an excellent opportunity to capture the 2013-14 domestic title, meaning any unneeded players must be moved on to make room for Rodgers' targets.
A rotational squad with the likes of Lambert and Can included ensures versatility and offers Rodgers greater tactical scope.
Although the manager's teams always try to play fast-paced passing football, it will be handy to have Lambert's aerial power coming off the bench. Can will slot in anywhere across the defence and midfield, highlighting Rodgers' ability to make the best of his resources.
Players such as Suso are certainly talented, but Liverpool's evolution across the past 12 months may have outpaced the development of certain individuals. A mass exodus should be welcomed if Rodgers can land a mixture of proven quality and young potential to build Liverpool's future on.
All the signs lead toward a busy summer for the Merseyside club who look set to continue developing at a rapid pace under Rodgers' tutelage.