All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
Liverpool continued their summer spending this weekend, completing the transfer of Sevilla’s Luis Alberto for a reported £6.8million. It is a fee that could ultimately prove to be a bargain, with the 20-year-old possessing the potential to be a very special player indeed.
“He has the correct footballing profile and mentality to be a Liverpool player,” Brendan Rodgers said.
“I look forward to working with him to develop his talent and he joins a group of young exciting players at our club.”
Another player set to join is Sunderland ‘keeper Simon Mignolet, after the Reds agreed a fee in excess of £11million for the Belgian. It is believed a deal could be concluded next week, raising question marks over the future of Pepe Reina.
The Spaniard was believed to be on his way to Barcelona, but has since stated his desire to see out his Anfield contract.
In light of Mignolet’s likely arrival Reina said, “I have said it many times, I’m very comfortable and very happy at Liverpool.
“Every team needs competitors, and when it’s positive it’s more than welcome. If it is finally done I’ll welcome him a lot, and anything he needs, I’m here.”
Although it is impossible to think that either player will settle for a place on the bench; so it will be interesting what transpires between now and the beginning of the new season.
Two players set to leave Anfield are Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing. It is reported that the former will be allowed to go for £7miilion and the latter for £3million, should there be any takers.
Shelvey has previously attracted interested from Stoke City and Norwich City, while Spearing is said to be wanted by Premier League new boys Hull City.
The Reds are also said to have ended their interest in Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos after they were quoted a transfer fee of £20million.
Whether they will now move for another reported target in the shape of Swansea’s Ashley Williams remains to be seen. Although the Swans’ chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed that he is yet to receive any bids for the centre-back.
The Reds have also been linked with Wigan striker Arouna Kone following the player’s admission that he has no desire to play in the Championship.
“I aim to play for one of the best clubs in England,” he said, “and I hope I will get that chance.”
Should Kone arrive, it could be as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who is said to be interesting new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Following City’s refusal to match Edinson Cavani’s release clause, it is being reported that they would sanction a £35million move for Suarez.
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