Monday’s Rumours: RIP 19, Man City pursue Torres, Ngog latest

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Morning all and welcome to Monday. Here’s your round-up of the latest transfer shenanigans that will excite, frustrate and irritate you (probably more the latter).

But first thing’s first, This Is Anfield would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the 19 people who were killed in a stampede at a German music festival over the weekend. Rest in peace, and let’s hope justice prevails.

As for Liverpool, well the big news this morning is that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini definitely has his eye on Fernando Torres.

Over the weekend, Reds boss Roy Hodgson admitted that Torres has a problem yet to be sorted out with Liverpool and City will now step up their chase for the Spanish striker.

“Torres is one of the best strikers in Europe and is already playing in the Premier League for three years and knows it very well,” said Mancini.

“But it depends on his situation – his price and whether he wants to come.”

Liverpool are expected to ask for at least £70million, should Torres wish to leave Anfield.

Yesterday, Liverpool’s club ambassador, former manager and goalscoring legend Kenny Dalglish said he was hopeful Torres would stay on Merseyside.

“When Torres sees that [Cole signing] and talks with Roy I am sure he will give us good news,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I hope Torres stays. Only Fernando knows what is going to do.

“Unfortunately for him he is injured, but he is a fantastic player and is very happy around the club and the city.

Should Torres move to Man City, it would be a curious decision, with the Eastlands club also unable to offer him Champions League football this season.

Meanwhile, David Ngog is insistent that he wants to remain at Anfield and fight for a first team place.

The French striker is reportedly putting off potential clubs coming in for him by demanding a £2million salary. Ngog has told press several times this summer that he does not wish to leave the club.

And Nice chairman Gilbert Stellardo has confirmed that Liverpool have not put a bid in for French striker Loic Remy, hinting that the 23-year-old is set to leave to West Ham.

West Ham? Remy is definitely interested,” he told lequipe.fr. “Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal? I have heard about their interest but I have had no contact.

“The only clubs I have talked to are West Ham and Fenerbahce.”

There’s more transfer rumours, gossip and discussion over in the Rumour Mill.

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