Liverpool look set to have two new recruits at full-back, in the form of two young Spaniards. Henry Jackson takes a look at the transfer rumours affecting the Reds over the last few days.
ALBERTO MORENO & JAVIER MANQUILLO
On Thursday evening the Echo reported that Liverpool are closing in on the signings of both Moreno and Manquillo.
The two Spaniards, who are 22 and 20 respectively, have both been targets of Brendan Rodgers for a while now, and will hopefully help solve the full-back issue at the club.
Moreno is particularly highly-rated, and it is hoped that the Sevilla man will finally fill the void left at left-back by John Arne Riise when he departed in 2008, with no disrespect to the likes of Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan.
He’s excellent going forward but also solid defensively, and is at an age where he is only going to improve all aspects of his game for the foreseeable future.
While Moreno would likely go straight into the starting XI, Manquillo is more likely to rotate with the likes of Flanagan and Glen Johnson at right-back. He has only featured sporadically for Atletico Madrid, but is a player improving all the time.
With Dejan Lovren already bought in at the back, the acquisition of Moreno and Manquillo will hopefully help sure up Liverpool’s shaky defence.
The Daily Mail claims that Ilori could be set for a loan move to Borussia Dortmund in 2014/15.
The talented Portuguese centre-back, who signed for £7m from Sporting Lisbon in September 2013, will have limited first-team opportunities this season, with the likes of Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel all ahead of him in the pecking order.
If the deal does materialise, it may actually inadvertently help rivals Manchester United, with reports suggesting it would allow star defender Mats Hummels to move to Old Trafford.
It seems unlikely that the German giants would be willing to replace a world-class player with an unproven youngster, however.
The 23-year-old Italian is deemed surplus to requirement by Rodgers, and Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has confirmed that the two clubs have held talks over a possible move.
The shoulder injury Borini picked up against Roma in the Reds’ pre-season friendly in America last month- starting him in that game was always a disaster waiting to happen- has been the issue behind the transfer, but having been in doubt for a while, it now appears the young forward could be on his way to the Stadium of Light.
The Mirror reports that Swansea will allow Bony to leave the club, should the right offer come in.
The Ivorian enjoyed an excellent first season at the Welsh club, scoring 25 goals in all competitions, and he has been linked with a move to Anfield already this summer.
Although it is believed Rodgers is not interested in signing the 25-year-old, the fact that the Loic Remy deal collapsed, and that there are a lack of other strikers seemingly available, his interest in the player could be reignited.
The main thing working against Bony is that he is strictly a centre-forward. Rodgers is reportedly looking for a versatile attacking talent capable of excelling in both central and wide areas.
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