All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
Despite all the transfer stories involving Liverpool in recent weeks, only one arrival has so far been confirmed – the free transfer of Kolo Toure. But that seems set to change with reports that four new signings could soon be concluded.
Perhaps the most obvious is that of Iago Aspas, who has been a Liverpool player in all but name for quite a few days. But the most recent stories suggest the Celta Vigo forward will finally be unveiled as a Red next week, once an issue with his agent has been resolved.
A player who created a remarkable 70 goal-scoring opportunities last season will be welcomed with open arms at Anfield, and the 25-year-old hinted that he would be playing with, not instead of, Luis Suarez in the new campaign.
“I am excited to be going to England,” he said.
“And I hope I will be helped to settle there by all the Spanish speakers at the club…including Luis Suarez.”
Another Spanish-based target appears closer to a much-reported move, with Luis Alberto’s agent confirming that talks have taken place about a possible switch to Merseyside.
Reports last week suggested the deal may be off due to Sevilla’s increased asking price, but Alberto’s representative said, “The reports about Liverpool are true, they are very interested.”
And completing the potential quadruple signing, both Simon Mignolet and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are believed to be close to becoming Liverpool players.
While an initial offer of £6.5million for the Sunderland ‘keeper was rejected, Liverpool are said to be confident of settling on a compromise for a player who has indicated a willingness to move on.
At the same time, the club’s managing director Ian Ayre cancelled an appearance on a panel in Brazil to try to complete the signing of Armenian Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk. The prolific midfielder is said to be available for £20million and would be an outstanding addition to Liverpool’s burgeoning attack.
But whether the Reds are still in contention given their business so far remains to be seen.
And finally, despite all the potential new arrivals, current striker Fabio Borini has said he is happy where he is and has no intention of leaving.
After scoring the goal that sent Italy to the final of the Under-21 European Championship, Borini said, “Am I looking to move abroad? People need to think more about my situation. I feel really good in England.”
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