A one year offer?
Despite being on the verge of signing AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, Liverpool look set to offer former Chelsea man Samuel Eto’o a one year deal to make sure they have coverage up top in case of an emergency.
With Fabio Borini still looking likely to leave Anfield before the transfer window closes, the Reds are still looking thin up top. At present, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has only summer transplant Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge at his disposal. Although their taking steps to correct that with Balotelli on the verge of completing a £16mil move, it looks like Eto’o will also be brought into the fold as the Northern Irishman looks to plug up any potential holes before they crop up.
Liverpool are set to end weeks of speculation regarding who their next striker will be when they complete the capture of Italian international Mario Balotelli from AC Milan later on this week.
After initially denying interest in the 24-year old, speculation kicked into high gear after the Milanese outfit denied that negotiations were on-going between the two sides. It’s believed that an initial loan deal with a view to purchase should he impress on Merseyside was turned down by the Rossoneri with a straight cash deal of £16mil — less than what they paid to bring in him in from Manchester City — now on the table for a permanent transfer. Although talks are on-going, it appears that the bulk of the deal is in the bag.
After initially denying that there were any negotiations on-going with Liverpool over the sale of striker Mario Balotelli, it looks like there’s a bit more to the story than initially suggested with rumours that formal talks have been opened between the two sides.
“At the moment there has been no offer from Liverpool from Balotelli, so there are no negotiations, was the official stance of AC Milan according to CEO Adriano Galliani, but his refusal to rule out the wholly entertaining headcase leaving just lead to even more speculation. “But the transfer market finishes on September 1, so we’ll see.” If we’re going to see, it’s starting to look like it’ll be sooner rather than later with a number of respected journalists reporting that the two sides are getting down to the nitty-gritty.
We’ll see what happens
Although Liverpool’s search for a top class striker is taking all the headlines, rumours persist that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will look to add to his defensive options before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
With Kolo Toure confirming that he’ll be on Merseyside for the coming campaign after rejecting the advances of Turkish side Trabzonspor, at least one central defender is expected to depart Anfield by September 1st with Daniel Agger, who has been linked to everyone from Brondby to Tottenham Hotspur, and Sebastian Coates, who was reportedly offered to Italian side Sampdoria, looking the most likely to make way.
More goals? That’s right.
Liverpool may have gotten their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 win over Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is looking for more from his team — specifically, more goals.
Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge both got off the mark for the the Merseysiders as goals on either side of the break cancelled out Nathaniel Clyne’s second half rocket. Even though many are calling on the Reds to improve their defensive stability, Rodgers was pleased to watch his side grind out the win, and like any manager, he’s always looking for ways his team can improve.