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Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentAugust 4, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

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    There's just under two weeks left until the start of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign but almost a month of the summer transfer window remaining, meaning the Liverpool transfer rumour mill continues to churn.

    The collapse of the team's £8.5 million move for French international Loic Remy, as per Ben Smith of BBC Sport, has left Brendan Rodgers searching for an alternative new striker.

    Meanwhile, Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina's future continues to be unresolved.

    Here we round up the latest players to be linked with a move both to and from Liverpool. This page will be updated throughout the week. 

Pepe Reina

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    Having returned to Liverpool from his loan spell at Napoli this summer, Reina was getting increasingly frustrated by his bench-warming duties on Liverpool's pre-season tour.

    But his misery looks set to end with Liverpool reportedly agreeing a £2 million fee for his sale with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, as per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Javier Manquillo

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    Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo looks set to complete a move to Liverpool this week, with the Spaniard flying in for a medical at Melwood, as per Chris McKenna of the Daily Express.

    McKenna believes Manquillo will sign on a two-year loan deal from the La Liga champions.

    The 20-year-old will provide some much-needed competition for Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan, with his attractive versatility allowing him to switch to left-back. 

Mario Balotelli

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    Rumours that Liverpool will make up for missing out on Remy by signing Italian international striker Mario Balotelli were laughed off by Rodgers on Sunday.

    David McDonnell reports in the Daily Mirror that while Rodgers admires the 23-year-old AC Milan forward, the Reds will not be making a move for him.

    The 41-year-old Northern Irish manager told reporters:

    I was asked the question about Balotelli and spoke about what a talent he is and excellent player he is.

    I can categorically tell you that he will not be at Liverpool.

    He is a wonderful player, but an AC Milan player. I just gave my opinion of him, but that doesn’t mean I will be signing him. 

Ezequiel Lavezzi

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    It sounds like one of the most loose rumours of the summer, but Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express believes Liverpool are prepared to part with £18.5 million for Paris Saint-Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi.

    Argentinian international Lavezzi scored nine goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances last season, but would Liverpool's owners be prepared to pay such a large fee for a 29-year-old? 

Alberto Moreno

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    Alberto Moreno's proposed transfer to Liverpool is becoming quite the long, drawn-out saga.

    However, it may now be coming to a conclusion.

    Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail suggests the Reds are close to completing a £16 million deal for the Sevilla left-back.

    Liverpool are in much need of a reliable, long-term left-back, with the fitness of Jose Enrique still uncertain and few other options on that side of defence. 

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