Wednesday’s LFC Transfer Reports: FIVE deals imminent

Liverpool are on the verge of completing deals for five new signings – taking the total number of new recruits to seven this summer already.


The five are Sevilla’s Luis Alberto, Porto’s Christian Atsu, Sunderland‘s Simon Mignolet, Sporting’s Tiago Ilori and Shakatar’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

On Alberto, The Independent report:

Liverpool expect to have wrapped up a deal within 48 hours to sign the 20-year-old Spanish winger Luis Alberto from Seville for around £6m.

On Atsu, The Guardian write:

Liverpool’s extensive summer recruitment programme is increasingly likely to include a cut-price transfer for Porto’s Ghanaian international Christian Atsu after a significant breakthrough in negotiations.

A £3m move for Atsu is reported in The Times and Mirror also. The 21 year old, available due to a contract dispute, is described as “a quick, talented but sometimes erratic winger.” Presumably a replacement for the expected departure of Oussama Assaidi.

On Mignolet, The Sunderland Echo report:

Mignolet is expected to seal a £10m move from Sunderland.

On Mkhitaryan, The Mirror report:

Mkhitaryan is expected to fly to England before the end of the week. Armenia’s national news agency reported that Shakhtar have given the 24-year-old permission to discuss terms with Liverpool and undergo a medical.

Meanwhile, The Mirror report Fulham‘s interest in taking young defender Andre Wisdom on loan next season. Such a move would make sense for all parties, provided Liverpool bring in their defensive targets this summer.

Andy Carroll’s permanent move to West Ham should be confirmed today after he completed his medical and agreed terms on a six year contract last night. The £15.5m initial fee won’t be sat in the bank long with deals in place for all of the five named above, according to reports.

With attacking options seemingly strengthened, it is now expected that Liverpool will move on to defensive re-inforcements, with Toby Alderweireld still a possibility having not concluded a protracted deal with Bayer Leverkusen yet.

Liverpool are certainly showing they are keen to ensure the mistakes of last season’s transfer window aren’t repeated, with the newly installed transfer committee proving their effectiveness thus far.

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