Prepare yourselves, Liverpool fans, the next month-and-a-half of the transfer window is going to be pretty exciting.
Not that it hasn’t already been a thrilling ride for the Reds, with manager Brendan Rodgers adding four new players to his talented setup, but the 41-year-old boss now has the license to spend big.
Though Rickie Lambert has already moved to Anfield this summer, the Reds have another top Premier League striker in their sights and are closing in on his signature—Loic Remy.
Despite an injury-hit campaign, the 27-year-old scored 14 goals for the Magpies last term, per WhoScored.com, and he looks a bargain buy at £8.5 million.
The statistics get even better than that when you compare his tally to that of Fabio Borini, as OptaJean revealed:
20 - Loïc Remy has scored 20 goals in 40 Premier League appearances, while Fabio Borini has only netted 8 in 49 PL games. Replacement.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 19, 2014
However, it’s how similar Remy can be to Suarez that Liverpool fans will worry about, but the pair’s playing styles aren’t poles apart.
Remy is one of the most direct strikers in the Premier League, one of those who only cares about where the next goal is coming from.
The way he picks the ball up from deep and drives at the heart of defences is what makes Remy a special talent, but Rodgers needs to turn him into a team player to make the most of him at Anfield.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes that he’s already the full package, though, and told talkSPORT that next season could be a fruitful one for Remy—per David Kent of MailOnline:
“I think he really wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere. If he goes to the right team, he’s capable of scoring 15 to 20 Premier League goals next season.”
Remy looks to have got his wish, then, and his spell on Merseyside is set to begin on Tuesday according to Sky Sports’ Fabrizio Romano, who says that Remy will pen a five-year deal with the club:
As the door opens on one striker’s transfer, another one closes, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema looking like staying at the Bernabeu for the foreseeable future.
Transferring away from Madrid never really looked on the cards for Benzema, but even the most realistic of Liverpool fans would have got their hopes up a little bit over the striker.
The 26-year-old will continue in his front three with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but one man that doesn’t look like being part of Liverpool’s front three next season is Borini.
The Italian enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Sunderland, and may have thought that his performances were enough to warrant a first-team chance at Anfield.
However, as Mandeep Sanghera of BBC Sport reports, the Black Cats have agreed on a £14 million deal with the Reds for Borini, who looks like heading back to the North East.
Though the transfer looks all but done, Rodgers was quick to point out to BT Sport that the 23-year-old is yet to have a say in his own transfer saga—via Sanghera:
"It's an agreement between the clubs but nothing agreed with the player as of yet. He is still very much a Liverpool player."
Borini is a player with ambitions for the top, but with Daniel Sturridge, Lambert and now Remy all set to challenge for a spot in the Liverpool starting line-up next term, the chances of him playing any part in 2014/15 are very slim.
Taking in £14 million for a player that isn’t threatening to break into the first team will no doubt thrill Liverpool fans, who now have a little more money at their disposal on the search for world-class assets.
Though Rodgers has brought in some talented attacking players, he now needs to turn his attention to the club’s shaky back line, who arguably cost them the Premier League title last season.
Luckily for Liverpool fans, Rodgers is an intelligent spender, and the millions from the Suarez and Borini sales will undoubtedly go towards making the Reds as solid as they are exciting.