Liverpool Transfer News: World Cup Stars Targeted by Brendan Rodgers

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 22, 2014

SASSUOLO, ITALY - APRIL 28:  Mauricio Isla of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and Juventus at Mapei Stadium on April 28, 2014 in Sassuolo, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have already shown strong initiative in sealing deals to sign Rickie Lambert and Emre Can this summer, but the recruitment pledge looks to be far from over.

Obviously not intent on settling for second best in the English top flight, Brendan Rodgers appears adamant to build a squad that can challenge for Premier League honours, with many of his targets featuring in this summer's World Cup.

A player's involvement in Brazil does make for difficult transfer circumstances, but that hasn't stopped the Reds eyeing up their share of top-class international assets, the latest of which are discussed ahead.


Serge Aurier, Toulouse

With Arsenal already being mentioned as one of the favourites to bring the right-back to England, Liverpool are set to offer stiff competition in the race for Toulouse's Serge Aurier.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Serge Aurier of the Ivory Coast and Santiago Arias of Colombia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazi
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The Express' Alex Harris reported that Liverpool are keen on a £7 million deal, quoting the player's agent Stephane Courbis in stating that no deal is in place with the Gunners just yet:

"There is no agreement with Arsenal. We've talked in past but there has been nothing recently. We're in talks with another English side."

Aurier has been in stellar form for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup, and David Jaca of beIN Sports was full of praise for the full-back's offensive contributions:

Glen Johnson has raised some concerns at Anfield in the past, and his high wages have led some to believe that there may be more value to be had in his position.


Stephane Mbia, Cameroon

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Stephane Mbia of Cameroon strikes the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at Arena Amazonia on June 18, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Queens Park Rangers midfielder midfielder Stephane Mbia has become a target for both Liverpool and Everton in recent weeks, but it appears that Chelsea hold an advantage in the race for his signature.

Mbia recently told Sky Italia (h/t Daily Star's Rhys Turrell) that he dreams of one day working alongside Jose Mourinho:

My dream is to be coached by Mourinho and I hope will become a reality in the future. 

I want to play in the Champions League in the future even though I'd stick to Sevilla because they have done a lot for me. Next year I want to try to win something, maybe the Champions League, but I do not know where.

Stefan Bienkowski of the New York Times has criticised the Cameroon international for his style of play:

Rodgers may be hoping that his past as an apprentice to Mourinho may convince Mbia that he, too, holds the keys to the European kingdom, having booked Liverpool's return to the Champions League this term.


Mauricio Isla, Chile

One of a number of stars currently impressing for Chile at the World Cup, Mauricio Isla is once again drawing in plaudits as an elite player, having spent some time troubled with injuries in recent years.

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The Daily Star's Gary Jones claimed that the Juventus utility man is being looked at as a potential replacement for Johnson, who has just a year to run on his Anfield contract. Isla is quoted as insisting that he's happy in Turin:

"I'm working hard for Chile and for Juve. I know that the fans love me, everything will depend on the coach. I'm happy to continue my adventure at Juventus."

Having previously co-owned the player with Udinese, Juve recently purchased the remainder of Isla's ownership rights for a fee of €4.5 million, according to Football Italia.

That shift makes things slightly easier for Liverpool, should they wish to cut a deal, with the Bianconeri now the only negotiating party concerned.


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