Liverpool Transfer News: Arturo Vidal and Dejan Lovren Eyed to Follow Loic Remy

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2014

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale Milano at Juventus Arena on February 2, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Brendan Rodgers will continue to strengthen his squad after deals for Loic Remy and Javier Manquillo are sealed this week, with up to three more signings eyed at Liverpool this summer.

Arturo Vidal, Marco Reus and Dejan Lovren are three of the main names mentioned, while Rodgers is said to have turned his attention toward Ryan Bertrand in the left-back department after Ben Davies completed his move from Swansea to Tottenham, per Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

Remy and Manquillo's moves are set to be confirmed, according to the Mirror's David Maddock, who details the current situation on Merseyside. Rodgers is reportedly considering making "at least two, and possibly three more signings" across the coming weeks:

The Reds' manager will become the most prolific spender in a single summer in the history of the club when he completes a deal for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren in the next few days - for a fee that will again reach £20m.

[...] He has sounded out Juventus over Chile World Cup star Arturo Vidal, and is also an admirer of Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, who could be available this summer for around £25m.

Liverpool appear to have a free shot at Lovren. New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman recently indicated the Croatian is available for transfer should the right offer come in. "If they are interested, they have to come with a bid, and a good one, and then we can speak about that, because the player likes to move," said Koeman, per ESPN.

No other clubs appear to be seriously interested in the 25-year-old centre-back, who followed a tough spell with Lyon by impressing during his first year at St. Mary's. Former Reds midfielder Ray Houghton believes Lovren will be a "great addition," adding steel to the defensive frailties that saw the club's title bid fade last season, reported by Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

Bertrand could be set to join Lovren in next season's back four, but Liverpool will be forced to pay "in excess" of £8 million, according to King. The Alberto Moreno link appears to have run dry after Sevilla refused to lower their £16 million asking price, but Bertrand could prove to be a shrewd alternative.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  James McCarthy of Everton and Dejan Lovren of Southampton battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Phot
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Vidal and Reus' names are most likely to catch the eye of excited supporters. Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, via Metro, suggests Rodgers will make a £42.5 million bid for the former, matching Manchester United's attempts to land the Juventus star.

Wilson suggests Liverpool and United are among the clubs to be considering a move for Reus, but resistance is extremely strong from Jurgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund. Popular Bundesliga specialist Clark Whitney reports comments regarding Reus and Mats Hummels from the aforementioned boss:

Liverpool's busy summer has already seen Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic added to the squad.

Remy is sure to provide plenty of goals next season and will finally receive the chance to shine in a team that is both settled and expected to win the majority of matches. He has performed well across the past two seasons—scoring a combined total of 20 Premier League goals in 40 appearances for Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle, per—but he is capable of even more.

Manquillo is set to provide vital cover at right-back and is perhaps being tested in anticipation of a permanent move. He and Jon Flanagan can push Glen Johnson all the way for a place in the first team, while Flanagan also possesses the versatility to forge a path at left-back if needed.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 01:  Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund gives a press conference at Santiago Bernabeu stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, on April 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo b
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Vidal or Reus would undoubtedly represent major coups for the club. Right now, it appears only the Chilean midfielder should be considered a possibility, as Dortmund's unwillingness to lose further stars after Robert Lewandowski is understandably low. Now Rodgers is looking to deploy the £75 million gained from Luis Suarez's departure, Liverpool can be considered in discussions for the best players, per ESPN.

An intriguing season awaits. Last year's second-place finish was a fantastic achievement, but Rodgers isn't the type of manager who rests until he has lofted the Premier League trophy above his head. Real ambition is being shown by the boss who faces the daunting task of replacing a striker who has defined Liverpool's attacking verve over the last three years.

While none of Liverpool's signings so far will possess this kind of impact, Rodgers' squad-padding exercise is vital ahead of the upcoming Champions League venture. Strength in depth is key for the side who fell just short on the domestic front last season, meaning we can expect Liverpool to sign more players than any other Premier League side during the summer months.