Speaking at a press briefing ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of North America, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he hopes to have one new signing finalised this week and possibly another before the Reds head across the pond.
Rodgers explained “We hope to complete a deal this week which will be a real exciting one for the club.” BBC Sport report on Monday that the player will be Italian forward Fabio Borini.
“He will be terrific, I’m sure. And the supporters will absolutely love him,” the Northern Irishman said of the expected new arrival.
As for any other activity, Rodgers explained “that there certainly won’t be as many signings as is being labelled out there.”
“We don’t have a wheelbarrow load of money, there is not the money flying about people think there is.”
“We want to work with the great players we have here and make three or four tweaks in relation to the squad that can help the group. We want to be competitive in every game and challenging at the top end.”
Rodgers refused to discuss certain players, saying;
“For players to be associated with Liverpool is great, but the reality is we’ve only made three or four enquires about players and we hopefully can close out one deal this week, maybe two.
“We’re certainly hopeful we can do one and then look to add to it over the course of the pre-season.
“I will never speak about targets and possible players. It’s not something I like to do. All I will say is there has been a whole raft of players linked with coming to Liverpool, and there are very, very few of them that are actually real targets for us.”
Borini, the 21 year old forward who Rodgers worked with at both Chelsea and Swansea, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield but any deal appeared to end when Roma purchased the player’s rights from Parma just recently. However, BBC Sport report;
Talks between the parties are ongoing and although the deal has yet to be agreed, the potential fee is likely to be in the region of £8m.
Borini was part of Italy’s squad at the Euro’s and was impressive during a loan spell during Swansea’s promotion season. Roma paid Parma around £4m to purchase the other 50% ownership so a deal looks to see them double that.
The Reds head to Boston – where they will be based throughout their stay – and play their first of three friendlies against MLS side FC Toronto on 21st July.