Liverpool are looking to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for around £8million in the next week, according to a report in this morning’s Daily Mail.
The Belgian international goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Anfield for several weeks, as speculation over Pepe Reina’s future at Anfield grew.
However, last week, Reina moved to rubbish any rumours linking him with an exit from Merseyside this summer, which seemed to put an end to the Mignolet reports.
Reina had been reported to be top of Barcelona’s wanted list as the goalkeeper to replace the departing Victor Valdes, however Valdes has since offered his services to the Catalan club for another year.
25-year-old Mignolet’s agent, Guy Vandersmissen, this week confirmed there had been interest in his client, but did not reveal which clubs.
“I’ve been working with Simon since he was 16-years-old,” Vandersmissen told ESPN. “At this moment there are some clubs who are interested. For a lot of players there are some clubs interested but Simon still has a two-year contract in Sunderland, so we depend on the position that Sunderland is taking in relationship to an eventual transfer of Simon Mignolet.”
This morning’s Daily Mail now report that Brendan Rodgers is keen to complete a deal to bring Mingolet to Anfield:
The Merseyside club have bid £7m but the Wearsiders are holding out for nearer £10m, with the clubs likely to reach a compromise.
Mignolet has made 13 appearances for the Belgian national team and has been come a highly respected permanent member of Sunderland‘s first team since signing from Sint-Truiden in 2010.