Tuesday’s LFC Transfer Rumours: Mkhitaryan move closer? Palace eye Shelvey

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A round-up of LFC transfer rumours on Day 2 of the summer transfer window…

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Liverpool could be set to offload midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for a season’s loan spell at Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace, according to Tuesday morning’s Guardian.

The England Under-21 international has been linked with a permanent move to a number of clubs this summer, but Liverpool may still be hopeful the 21-year-old will come good, and a loan spell at another top flight club may help that.

Shelvey has struggled to lay down a first team place at Liverpool since his 2010 move as a 17-year-old from Charlton Athletic.

He’s made 68 appearances for the Reds first team, scoring 7 goals.

Dominic Fifield writes in today’s Guardian:

Norwich, West Ham and Swansea are to consider lodging bids to sign the player permanently though, if Shelvey believes he can still make his mark at Liverpool, the option of a loan move may be more attractive. Holloway took the player for two months in late 2011 and saw him flourish, scoring six goals in 10 starts in the Championship and Palace now hope the chance of regular football at Selhurst Park persuades him to return south.

The Times report that Liverpool’s preference is for a permanent sale of Shelvey.

Meanwhile, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed their interest in Shelvey:

“There is an interest there and we are talking to Liverpool.”

Shelvey probably won’t be the last out of the door at Liverpool this summer either, with many taking to online football betting as odds are slashed on Luis Suarez and Pepe Reina staying at Anfield.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s hunt for Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan took another twist on Monday, with Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu dropping the biggest hint yet that the 24-year-old may be Anfield bound.

In quotes published in this morning’s Mirror, Lucescu appeared resigned to the fact that Mkhitaryan was set to leave the Ukranian Champions for England, and questioned his career choice – away from Shakhtar, who have secured Champions League football for 2013/14.

“It is his decision, his desire, but there is still time for him to change his mind, because I think he is making a big mistake,” he said.

“I can understand the urge to leave if he has a chance to go to a club that surpasses Shakhtar, like Barcelona or Real Madrid, but not many clubs are beyond our level – not clubs like Liverpool or Tottenham.

“We are a strong club with 50,000 passionate supporters every week, and every year we are fighting for the league, the cups and the Champions League.

“The whole team is helping him become the player he is too, because everyone gives him the chance to show up in the penalty area and score the goals that make him wanted.

“This place is good for him, and he is making a mistake if he thinks there are many teams above this level.”

And defender Kolo Toure will sign a 2-year contract (Echo) at Liverpool today, completing his free agent switch from Manchester City.

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