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Liverpool Transfer News: Antonio Adan Rumours Emerge, Latest on Gonzalo Higuain

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 24: Goalkeeper Antonio Adan of Real Betis Balompie catches the ball during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Benito Villamarin on January 24, 2016 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Liverpool reportedly watched Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan during the match against Sporting Gijon, while Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri thinks even more clubs will try to sign star striker Gonzalo Higuain during the summer.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t Sport Witness), Betis are “worried” about Adan's future, given the fact his contract contains a buyout clause of just over £6 million. The Reds are reportedly eyeing the goalkeeper, with a representative present during the 1-1 draw against Gijon.

The 28-year-old is perhaps best known as the man who first relegated Iker Casillas to a bench role at Real Madrid when manager Jose Mourinho was in charge. He was himself eventually replaced by Diego Lopez but has rediscovered his best form with Betis.

Adan has been one of the main reasons behind Betis' solid first season back in La Liga, stringing together a series of impressive performances. One of his best outings of the season came in the 1-1 draw against former club Real Madrid:

Marca (h/t talkSPORT) has also linked Sunderland with a summer move for the Spaniard, although the report immediately points out there will be plenty of competition for his signature.

Adan may not be the type of reported target who will send the Liverpool fanbase into a frenzy, but given his minimal buyout clause, a move would make sense. Current starter Simon Mignolet remains a divisive figure at Anfield, and there's little depth behind the Belgian.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Simon Mignolet joins his team mates for a training session ahead of their Capital One Cup final match against Manchester City at Melwood Training Ground on February 26, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan K
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Adam Bogdan has put together some solid performances with the youth sides, but manager Jurgen Klopp doesn't appear to rate him or plan on using him more frequently in the future.

Adan wouldn't arrive as the clear new starter, but he'd add some much-needed depth at the position for a minimal fee. His acquisition also wouldn't exclude the arrival of a second, more valuable goalkeeper.

Here are some more of his highlights:

Elsewhere, Napoli manager Sarri has admitted he expects plenty of clubs to try to move for in-form striker Higuain, who was reportedly a target for Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window, per Fichajes (h/t Metro's Tom Olver).

As reported by MailOnline's Simeon Gholam, Sarri made the comments while discussing whether the Argentinian would start the UEFA Europa League match against Villarreal:

I do not read the rumours and I do not know anything, but I think there will be even more offers than from those clubs.

At this point, I have left the choice completely up to Higuain whether or not he plays against Villarreal. It will be up to him to decide.

Maybe he'll want to respond to these rumours and answer his critics, but I don't understand how anyone can find fault in a player who has scored 26 goals this season and shown he is a genuine star.

Per the report, Higuain rejected a move to Chelsea in January, but more transfer chatter in the summer appears imminent. Higuain is once again enjoying a spectacular season in Serie A, leading the top scorers' charts with a remarkable 24 goals in 26 starts, per WhoScored.com.

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The 28-year-old has consistently delivered for the Partenopei since moving to Italy, but he went through a rough stretch following back-to-back disappointments at major international tournaments. He didn't play well for Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and last year's Copa America, and doubts over his own abilities seemed to impact his play.

This season, the former Real Madrid star has been back to his old self, scoring almost at will. Here's a look at some of his best goals:

With Daniel Sturridge struggling to stay healthy, Liverpool's strikers have failed to live up to the expectations in the 2015-16 campaign, and there's no doubt Higuain would add a major scoring boost to the team should he move to Anfield in the summer.

He'll cost a pretty penny, however, and with loads of clubs likely interested in signing the Argentinian, Klopp may choose to turn elsewhere. The German has always found most of his success by targeting younger, less expensive strikers, and a similar approach is likely next summer.

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