Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rumoured New Arrivals

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi, left, is challenged by Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Brendan Rodgers will find out this Sunday whether his mass reinvestment in squad assets this summer has been a success, with Southampton the first Premier League test for the Reds.

The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona would have understandably given some at Anfield reason to mope, but the manager has been incredibly active in acquiring reinforcements, with yet more business rumoured to be on the agenda.

The Reds have already spent in excess of £100 million this summer, but with the intention of returning to Europe's upper crust, Merseyside could be set for another flurry of action during the remaining fortnight of the transfer market.


Ezequiel Lavezzi

NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 11:  Ezequiel Lavezzi  of Paris Saint Germain smiles after the pre-season friendly match between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stadio San Paolo on August 11, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images
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The chances of Ezequiel Lavezzi leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer seem strong after the forward has supposedly been deemed as fodder for other deals, and Charles Perrin of the Express writes that he is available for £16 million.

PSG boss Laurent Blanc has spoken openly of his side's decision to sell want-away stars, per Football Italia:

If someone wants to leave, we will not stop them. I have a strong and talented team. We have signed the players we wanted to get and we have strengthened the positions we wanted.

If the team remains how it is I would be very happy, but the window is still open and anything could happen until the end. If a player wants to go we won’t stop them and maybe we would sign someone else to replace them.

Therefore, should Rodgers feel the urge to further strengthen his wings, it would appear as though a deal for Lavezzi can be struck, OptaJean displaying what a scoring talent the Argentinian is:

Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic have already joined the Reds' cause, but with Daniel Sturridge requiring major help in being able to satiate the club's need for goals following Suarez's exit, more ammunition might be required.


Marco Reus

Perrin also reports that Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus could be on his way to Atletico Madrid, beating any Premier League side to the winger's signature.

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Marco Reus of Germany shows his dejection during the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Spanish radio station Cadena COPE (h/t 101GreatGoals) reports that a €27 million deal has been struck between the two clubs. However, chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin is quoted by Spanish television channel TVE (h/t's Joe Wright) in denying the agreement:

"Reus has never been on Atletico's agenda and his profile does not fit with what the team currently need."

Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann took to Twitter to voice his disbelief at the deal:

Liverpool would count themselves unfortunate not to have stolen in on the German should the rumours of Reus' move turn out to be true, the fee suggested being a bargain figure for someone of his talents.


Alex Song

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Alex Song of Cameroon looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Mexico and Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas on June 13, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Alex Song is "hours away" from becoming a Liverpool player, according to Metro, who cite Catalan newspaper Sport in claiming that a deal is imminent.

Sport's Samuel Marsden insists that the former Arsenal star is certainly up for grabs:

This week saw Barca boss Luis Enrique speak of his desire to have "fierce competition in his squad," per the club's official website, something Song wouldn't fit in with if his career in Spain is anything to go by thus far:

They have won their chances in training. What they have given to me I give back to them in the form of playing time. I want them all to do all they can to win a place at Barca. The basis of our team should always be fierce competition for places.

Song might find the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Lucas easier to displace at Anfield, but even then his position in any starting XI would be far from assured.

That being said, in Rodgers' chase of depth, former Gunners hero Song would be a sound pickup.