Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers continues to look for reinforcements this summer, and Henry Jackson rounds up some of the transfer rumours affecting the Reds over the last few days.
With Liverpool‘s deal for Loic Remy falling through at the eleventh hour, after the Frenchman reportedly failed a medical, the Daily Star believe Rodgers could bring Southampton star Rodgriguez to the club instead.
The 24-year-old enjoyed an impressive Premier League campaign with the Saints last season, scoring 15 goals in 33 appearance alongside new Liverpool signings Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert. Injury robbed him of a likely place in England’s World Cup squad.
Rodriguez is capable of playing either in a wide attacking role or as a central striker, and he would add undoubted depth to the squad.
Although not in the same class as players like Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, the former Burnley man would be a useful signing, and one who would not have to adjust to life in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old, who has long been a target of Manchester United, has seen himself drop behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the Emirates pecking order, and is rumoured to want a new challenge.
That would give Rodgers four top class centre-backs in Vermaelen, Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho- Kolo Toure and Sebastian Coates are unlikely to have futures at the club- which is essential when you consider there will be both Premier League and Champions Leage football to contend with.
Whether Vermaelen would be first-choice is questionable, but he is an extremely talented defender who would bring quality and leadership to the squad.
The 23-year-old has been a regular for the French club over the last three seasons, and has scored 38 goals and created 28 others in 135 appearances since his debut in 2010. He has also won two caps for France.
He has pace, trickery, an eye for goal and a strong work ethic, ticking many of the attributes Rodgers looks for in his attacking players.
WILFRIED BONY and ROMELU LUKAKU
The Express claim that, although Rodgers is most certainly looking at new striking options following the Remy debacle, neither Bony or Lukaku are in the 41-year-old’s thinking.
Both strikers, who scored 25 and 16 goals respectively last season- Bony for Swansea, Lukaku for Everton on loan from Chelsea– have been linked with moves to Anfield in the past, but that interest appears to have cooled now.
With Borini seemingly set to join Sunderland on a permanent basis last week, a shoulder injury and rumours of the Italian wanting to fight for his place at Anfield complicated matters.
Now the Express is reporting that the 23-year-old could be set to join the Black Cats on a second loan spell, having starred for them last season.
With the likes of Sturridge, Sterling, Coutinho, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert all clearly ahead of Borini in the pecking order in wide and central attacking areas, and a new striker likely to come in too, it’s fair to say his chances will be limited next season.