Liverpool are set to pursue Brazilian winger Willian as their ‘marquee’ signing of the summer, according to reports on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old was bought by Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for €35million from Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk back in the January transfer window.
But recent turmoil at the club has brought about a need to sell players and Brendan Rodgers may be looking to get a slice of the action in the highly-rated attacker.
David Anderson of the Mirror writes:
The Reds’ owners, Fenway Sports Group, have been prepared to bankroll a major signing for manager Brendan Rodgers all summer, and are backing his pursuit of Willian.
Having sold Stewart Downing on Tuesday to West Ham for £6million and suggestions on Wednesday that Luis Suarez will remain a Liverpool player, the dynamic of Willian could really add some versatile options to the Reds attack.
Liverpool will be hoping for better joy in the transfer market in their chase of Willian than other summer transfer targets, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who moved from Shakhtar to Borussia Dortmund, and Diego Costa – who agreed to a new deal at Atletico Madrid.
Willian was recently linked with a move to Manchester City after initially being a transfer target in January, but their interest has cooled, according to the Express.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail also report the news about Willian, as well as saying that Reds Managing Director Ian Ayre has flown to Spain to finalise a deal for Guilherme Siquiera.
Simon Jones writes:
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also on the verge of bolstering his squad with Granada left back Guilherme Siquiera.
Anfield managing director Ian Ayre flew to Spain to negotiate a fee in the region of £6m.