Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21
Liverpool's squad touched down in Boston on Sunday evening, with their World Cup players now joining the rest of the squad for their four matches of an American tour.
The Reds play AS Roma on Wednesday (00.30am Thursday in UK) at Boston's Fenway Park—a match that won't feature any of those World Cup players yet—before travelling to Chicago where they'll play Olympiakos on Sunday.
It looks set to be another busy week for the club, with some long-term targets edging closer to moves.
Here are the latest LFC transfer news and rumours, updated daily.
--Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July--
Reds Chasing Bertrand
Having missed out on Ben Davies after he signed for Tottenham from Swansea, Liverpool are returning their interest in Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand.
James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo writes that Liverpool "are being frustrated in their attempts to wrap up a £8million deal" as "Chelsea have so far rebuffed their advances with them reluctant to sell to a club they view as rivals for the Premier League crown."
Is Liverpool's interest in Bertrand legitimate? Or is a way of telling Sevilla that they have other interests then Alberto Moreno?
Manquillo Anfield Bound
Liverpool are closing in on the loan signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo. News of the club's interest broke on Tuesday in Spain and is now reported by all the major UK media.
Andy Hunter of The Guardian writes: "Anfield officials have proposed a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer for Manquillo."
With Glen Johnson's contract expiring next summer, Liverpool look like they are seeking his long-term successor early. Smart work.
Remy Arrives in Boston
Loic Remy flew to Boston on Monday ready to complete his move to Liverpool, according to numerous reports.
The Liverpool Echo say that personal terms with the French forward have already agreed and only a medical is needed to complete the move. They say he won't feature on Wednesday evening against Roma in Boston.
Borini Wants Anfield Stay
Fabio Borini has traveled with The Reds to Boston despite the club agreeing a £14 million fee with Sunderland.
Now the forward's agent says the player wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place.
Marco de Marchi told Tuttomercatoweb.com (quotes via Press Association):
He wants to remain on Merseyside. Sunderland have made a large offer of 18 million euro (£14million) to sign him but Fabio wants to stay.
His project with Liverpool started two years ago when he left Roma; he began a journey and it is a major project for him.
He should not be judged on his first year; he was out for six months with various injuries and during the past year he took a step back by going to Sunderland and he has had an extraordinary season.
His future? Now, after the loan, Liverpool have not told me anything. I think he will stay, he is convinced that he will play."
(Raheem) Sterling, (Daniel) Sturridge, (Rickie) Lambert and now Remy? At Roma he was with (Francesco) Totti, (Dani) Osvaldo, (Erik) Lamela and Bojan (Krkic).
He has no fear of playing alongside anyone and for me he can play a part within any top club.
Toure to Turkey?
Remy Flying to Boston
French forward Loic Remy will fly to Boston to join the rest of the Liverpool squad and undergo his medical ahead of an £8 million move from QPR, as per every media outlet in the UK.
"The France striker is due to fly to Boston on Monday, where Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour, to undergo a medical before his proposed £8m move from QPR," writes Alan Smith of The Guardian.
The deal will be completed "in the next few days," says Neil Jones of The Liverpool Echo.
Lovren Deal Finally Close
Liverpool have finally had a breakthrough in their long-running pursuit of Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren, according to widespread media reports on Monday.
The fee is reported by all mainstream media outlets at £20 million; however, Southampton-based Southern Daily Echo say it's actually around £16 million (€20 million).
Either way, Lovren's move now looks imminent.
Origi Says Yes to Reds
The signing of Divock Origi from Lille also looks to be completed this week, with the same reports suggesting he has said yes to the proposed move.
Origi "has told Lille he, too, wants to move to Anfield and could also travel to Boston for a medical this week. The 18-year-old [sic: he's 19] impressed for Belgium at the World Cup, scoring a late winning goal against Russia," writes Alan Smith in The Guardian.
Divock Origi has told Liverpool he wants to join them and could also travel to Boston for a medical later this week.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) July 20, 2014
Borini to Sunderland on Hold
Fabio Borini's proposed £14 million move to Sunderland is on hold, with the Italian still to be persuaded that's where his future lies.
The Guardian's Louise Taylor explains that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hopes to persuade Borini to make the move to Wearside, but for now he has travelled with Liverpool to America—seemingly attempting to impress Brendan Rodgers one last time.