A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
The Metro claims Liverpool are on the verge of doing a deal for Bayern Munich wide man Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss international has been a target for the club and the national daily paper suggests the Reds will offer him £95,000 per week to sign on the dotted line.
The Daily Mail has linked the club with a move for Lille youngster Divock Origi. The 19-year-old has shone at the World Cup with Belgium and the Reds have emerged as potential candidates to make a move to sign him, from under the nose of Spurs who are also thought to be interested.
Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini says the ban handed to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is excessive. Chiellini was on the receiving end of the bite dished out by the Uruguayan in the recent World Cup game against Italy.
“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done - I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates,” said Chiellini.
The BBC have reported that Spanish giants Barcelona are still interested in doing a deal for Suarez. His buy-out clause is in the region of £80 million and Liverpool are likely to go after every penny of that fee if Brendan Rodgers decides the time is right to move the player on.
Suarez has received support from Argentinian legend Diego Maradona, who has compared FIFA’s ban on the striker to someone being thrown into Guantanamo Bay.
“The FIFA sanction is shameful, they have no sensitivity towards the fans, they might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo,” he said on South American TV.
Liverpool are taking advice over potential legal action related to the ban. As things stand, Suarez will miss the first 12 games of the club’s Premier League season, if they decide against selling him. Suarez is restricted from training with any club and going to any stadium, but is free to transfer.
Poker brand 888Poker have ended their sponsorship association with Luis Suarez following the latest biting incident. The brand said in a statement that they were terminating the relationship with immediate effect after signing the forward after a superb season with Liverpool.
Plans for Suarez to release his autobiography this September go ahead as planned, after publishers received confirmation from FIFA that the player’s ban wasn’t related to promotional activities relating to the book.