Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and More

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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and More
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Liverpool have been dealing left and right since the summer transfer window opened, and Brendan Rodgers' crew is showing no signs of slowing down.

With Luis Suarez headed to join Barcelona, the pocketbooks have opened wide for the Reds coming off last year's runner-up Premier League finish. They've already been aggressive in spending the funds on budding young talent, but neither that nor Liverpool's current United States tour is impeding their pursuit of top targets. 

Here's a look at what's going down surrounding Liverpool's impending transfer moves. 

 

Dejan Lovren Announcement Upcoming?

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Liverpool have made no doubt about their pursuit of highly touted defender Dejan Lovren in recent weeks, and one of the top defensive players on the market looks bound to be a Red.

According to The Guardian's Andy Hunter, the Merseyside club are on the brink of announcing a £20 million deal for the Southampton centre-back. Hunter added more on the situation:

Southampton had rejected a previous offer of £16m for the World Cup defender, who they signed from Lyon for £8m 12 months ago, but with Lovren informing new manager Ronald Koeman he wished to leave for Liverpool, and the Dutchman reluctant to keep unhappy players at his club, the improved offer has enabled Rodgers to make his fifth summer signing. Lovren will be Liverpool’s first defensive acquisition with a left back, potentially Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand or Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno, also required.

Lovren was set to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Saturday before the deal could be announced, per Hunter. 

The Reds certainly didn't get the Croatian for their price after being snubbed on an initial deal, but upping the price to £20 million—noticeably high for a defender—wasn't out of the question for Rodgers and Co.

It should be money well spent. The 25-year-old has dazzled at every stop, including a fantastic season for Southampton after a star-studded three years at Lyon along with excelling for the Croatian national team.

And most importantly, his arrival will allow for much-needed stability in the central defense with injury-prone 33-year-old Kolo Toure proving less and less dependable. Lovren could immediately start alongside Martin Skrtel with Mamadou Sakho likely soon to become Lovren's centre-back partner. 

 

Liverpool Favorites for Xherdan Shaqiri

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If and when the Lovren deal is announced, Liverpool's summer spending—not including the funds gained from the Suarez deal—will be pushing £100 million. That doesn't seem to indicate that they're done chasing big-money moves, however. 

Bayern Munich and Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is a hot commodity on the transfer market, with Liverpool reportedly leading the race for the young talent, according to Switzerland newspaper Blick (via Liverpool Echo). 

Per Liverpool Echo:

Brendan Rodgers and Co. are apparently heading the queue despite a long line of suitors and they suggest the Reds have offered £14.2million for the 22-year old which is believed to be close to the Bundesliga champions' valuation.

Both Juventus and Roma are also keen but the lure of the Premier League could prove decisive.

If this deal goes through, tack on yet another notable signing to add to the plethora of new signings that Rodgers is bringing in entering 2014-15. 

It's hard to argue it wouldn't be worth it, however. Shaqiri emerged as one of the top players at the 2014 World Cup, as told by this tweet from WhoScored.com:

Bayern would love to hold on to Shaqiri in a perfect world, but the reality is that the 22-year-old is a few years away from a first-team spot there that is far from guaranteed with the German giants.

He wouldn't break the starting 11 immediately at Anfield and may have to wait his turn, but far less company in the midfield regarding young talent would make a Liverpool move a smart one for Shaqiri

 

Loic Remy Deal Being Held Up

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It would still be nothing short of shocking for Loic Remy to don anything other than Liverpool red when next season begins, but any official announcement in the coming days has hit a snag. 

After QPR and Liverpool reportedly agreed to a deal for the Frenchman, Mirror's Jacob Murtagh reported Saturday that paperwork issues are delaying the process. 

The deal was supposed to be announced on Thursday, but it will now likely drag on through the weekend after the latest news, per Murtagh

If and when Remy is unveiled as a Red, it should prove to be a valuable move for Liverpool's immediate future. With Suarez gone, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling will be counted on heavily. Even then, there may be a void in the middle of the attack.

Remy could come in and make an impact in that regard. He won't replace Suarez as the star No. 9, but even strong cameo appearances could go a long way. Liverpool will need as many strong attackers as they can get with a packed slate of European competitions this season. 

Of course, a deal has to get done before that will come to fruition. 

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