WITH just seven, the transfer games to go in the 2011/12 Premier League season and Liverpool’s league position as it is, thoughts have turned to the summer sales and just who will be arriving at or leaving the Anfield club for next season.
Here’s a round-up of the latest transfer talk.
According to Tutto Mercato in Italy, reports that Liverpool are closing in on the signing of out of favour Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
Khedira, who was an integral part of the young German side who reached the World Cup semi-finals in South Africa, has failed to settle at the Bernabeu and is believed to favour a move to the Premier League. Kenny Dalglish is known to be a long-term admirer of the central midfield man, and with Liverpool’s need to strengthen in that area, and Liverpool known to be preferred option for Khedira himself, the two could be a perfect match.
Several sources including The Mail Online, The Daily Mirror, Spanish website NuevoFutbol, and Dutch site Sport1.NL, report that the Anfield club are ready to make a €12 million bid for Barcelona’s Dutch international winger, Ibrahim Afellay. Afellay who signed for Barcelona from PSV has just resumed light training, following a sixth month lay-off after damaging knee ligaments. Having become surplus to first-team requirements during his lengthy spell out of the game, Barcelona would be willing to do a deal over the creative attacker in the Summer. Liverpool are in need of more creativity in midfield and genuine pace on the right-hand side – Afellay ticks both boxes.
Caught Offside report, in an article featured on the LFC.TV, that the Reds are lining up a move for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele. The roving forward, who has had great success this term operating in a free role behind the strikers, is said to have sparked the interest of Kenny Dalglish. The report goes on to say that Dalglish is looking at Dembele with a view to how he can compliment and help get the very best out of Luis Suarez by utilising him in a front three, as was the case with the Uruguayan at Ajax.
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Finally, Tutto Mercato in Italy have reported that Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, however the report goes on to say that a cash plus player deal, which includes Serbian flop Milo Krasic would be the preferred deal for the Bianconeri. An offer, which is unlikely to interest the Merseyside outfit. Also in Italy, the Corriere dello Sport reports that Roma are keen to beat Juve to the punch in the race for the tricky striker, with the Roman club believing their connection to FSG will give them the upper hand if there is a deal to be done.
Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini recently stated that they were in the market for:
“an important player of great quality, of which we are near”.
However, Liverpool are unlikely to have any intention of parting company with their No. 7. Widely recognised as the Anfield club’s finest player since his arrival last January, the FSG ownership, and current coaching/management staff are known to wish to shape the future Liverpool team around him, as a key player.
Suarez, who has also been linked to Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid this season, is himself happy with life at the club, and recent comments in an interview with LFC.TV indicate that he will remain at Anfield for years to come.
“No one at the club has told me that they want to try and sell me or that I will be leaving! I’m going to carry on playing my football here at Liverpool. There are a good few years left on my contract and I want to carry on enjoying myself because both my family and I feel really happy here.”
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