Liverpool's alleged interest in Marco Reus, Wilfried Bony and Giuseppe Rossi looks to be leading nowhere for the Premier League club, who continue to hunt a prolific goalscorer to work alongside Daniel Sturridge.
While acquisitions remain the key storyline of the Reds' summer, Brendan Rodgers is also hoping to tie Raheem Sterling down with a new contract, an achievement that should be hailed as jubilantly as any of the arrivals coming in.
Reports in Spain suggest if Reus is to leave Borussia Dortmund, it will be for Atletico Madrid. Radio station Cadena Cope insists a transfer between the two clubs is close (translated by 101 Great Goals):
According to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, Atletico Madrid have bid for, and are in serious negotiation with Borussia Dortmund for Marco Reus.
Cadena Cope claim that the negotiations have entered the 'decisive moments', with a €27m fee on the table - €17m up front, and the remaining €10m in January.
Graham Hunter of Sky Sports also notes this report appears to be legitimate:
Liverpool's interest in Reus has been reported across the summer, per Anthony Chapman of the Express. He is the kind of player Rodgers likes—quick, versatile, incisive and, above all, a goalscorer—but it seems the Reds could be out of luck.
Reus' arrival has always seemed unlikely, especially considering Dortmund have continued to deny he will leave, per Alex Richards of the Mirror, so a transfer to Atletico would represent a major coup for the La Liga champions.
Rodgers' hunt for a new striker has seen many names linked. One that continues to crop up is Swansea City's Wilfried Bony, who could offer the club physical prowess in the final third. Swans boss Garry Monk insists Bony is yet to drum up significant interest, saying, "No offers have come into the club," per Chapman.
There is nothing to comment because there is nothing between Giuseppe Rossi and Liverpool.
This is something that comes from the English sites but I don't know anything about it. Besides, there are good relations with Liverpool, so they would have called me if they wanted Rossi.
But, seriously, we're talking about something that does not exist.
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An injury-prone Rossi netted 16 goals in 21 Serie A appearances for the Viola last season, per WhoScored.com. The 27-year-old has remained a consistent goalscorer throughout his career but looks set to never quite reach his potential after a string of fitness problems.
Rossi's ability is suitable for Europe's elite, but his fitness is not.
It would be highly ironic if Liverpool signed Rossi after allegedly turning Loic Remy down over medical concerns, per David Maddock of the Mirror.
Even if Liverpool fail to bring in further signings, Rodgers' current haul of eight new players is to be commended, according to former Reds midfielder Steve McManaman. "It has made the squad a whole lot stronger and that's vital in order to cope with competing on four fronts," said McManaman, per the Liverpool Echo (via Chris Shaw of the club's website).
The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel believes Liverpool will offer Sterling a "sharp increase" on his £30,000-per-week contract to ensure he remains at Anfield. Mokbel notes potential interest from Real Madrid, ensuring it is a smart idea to tie Sterling down quickly, especially if his development continues at its current pace.
Rodgers' transfer window was busy from the beginning and shows no sign of slowing down.
Liverpool have a great challenge ahead of them next season in trying to replicate last term's second-place finish in the Premier League, alongside Champions League commitments.
The manager is likely to ensure his padded-out squad will play with confidence, speed and the cutting edge we saw last year.
While another striker could be key to success, Liverpool appear in smart shape ahead of a season that is fuelled on expectation, not hope.