Liverpool Transfer News: Major Rumours on Reds' Plans as Deadline Day Nears

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 25, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Brendan Rodgers has maintained a vigilant attitude throughout this summer's transfer window, ensuring Liverpool have remained among the most active Premier League clubs in the market.

And speculation would have it so that the Reds stay locked in numerous transfer tussles right up until deadline day, with yet more moves mooted for the Merseysiders this week.

Having spent heavily in recent months, it's no surprise that departures are now among the hottest topics, with interest currently high among Rodgers' fringe assets.


Samuel Eto'o

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The imminent arrival of Mario Balotelli at Anfield will see Liverpool bow out of the race to sign free-agent Samuel Eto'o, it's emerged, as the Reds appear to have landed their main target.

According to the Liverpool Echo's Ian Doyle, the former Chelsea, Inter and Barcelona striker was a backup for Rodgers. However, the Daily Mail's Dominic King quotes rival helmsman Roberto Martinez as being interested in the Cameroonian:

Everton may now steal in if Liverpool decide to place their faith wholly in Balotelli, although it's suggested the Toffees could struggle to meet Eto'o's wage demands.

Anfield supporters may be split in opinion regarding which of the two they'd rather sign, with Balotelli sure to ruffle a few feathers due to his often controversial personality, while Eto'o's age may not be seen as an attractive prospect to others.


Lucas Leiva 

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Lucas Leiva of Liverpool and Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Ja
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Napoli will wait to find out if they'll qualify for this season's Champions League before making a move for Lucas Leiva, according to the Mirror's Alex Richards.

The Italians drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their playoff fixture and travel to Spain this week, where their Champions League future will be decided.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Interim Manager Rafa Benitez of Chelsea talks to the media during the Chelsea Press Conference at Stamford Bridge on May 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Rafa Benitez has long been tied with the move that would seen him reunited with his former Anfield charge, and talk of an initial loan move intensified after Football Italia revealed terms have been agreed.

The Azzurri would pay €2 million to take the Brazilian for the 2014-15 campaign, and would then have the option to purchase for another €10 million next summer, with Lucas quoted as being open to a switch, via Football Italia:

Never say never, but today my thoughts are all on Liverpool and I have always left these boring questions to my manager. If something interesting came in for me and for the club, something could still happen. At the moment, I repeat, I am focused on having a good season with Liverpool. A return to Brazil? For now I’m not thinking about it, but who knows, maybe in the coming years.

Liverpool's central midfield as now a bustling area of competition, and this summer's arrival of Emre Can has only made the hunt for playing time all the fiercer.

It's understandable if Lucas sees an exit as the best career move at this juncture, with a departure seemingly resting on Napoli's European fate.


Fabio Borini

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Fabio Borini of Sunderland celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on May 7, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by
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Fabio Borini has proclaimed that he'll only move back to the Stadium of Light on temporary terms—if at all—in the pursuit of preserving his Liverpool future.

The Italian still dreams of lining up as one of Rodgers' key men, according to the Mirror, but he would be willing to leave Anfield for another season-long loan in the northeast.

Chris Young of the Sunderland Echo supports that the only hope the Black Cats have of getting Borini back to the Stadium of Light would be as a short-term acquisition:

Borini was hailed for his performances under Poyet last season, Sunderland fans united in appreciation of the forward for his contributions, especially in their derby results against Newcastle United.

However, it seems the meteoric rise of the Reds has his attentions set on cutting out his own Anfield tale, even if he has to bide his time before seeing it come to fruition.