Trading a red bird for a black cat?
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has made no secret of his desire to bring Fabio Borini back to the Stadium of Light on a permanent basis and it’s looking like he’s going to get his wish with strong suggestions emerging in the media that the two sides have worked out a deal that could rise to £14mil in the coming years.
With the Black Cats set to pay an initial fee of £12mil for the promising youngster, Liverpool are making in the very least a modest return on the £10.5 million they paid AS Roma for his services two years ago, and should the Italian tick all the boxes to see the fee swell to full price, it has to be said that it’s a tidy bit of business by the Reds transfer committee. With QPR striker Loic Remy looking likely to take up the Italian’s place in the next few days, that tidy bit of business is starting to look like a downright steal considering the 27-year old Frenchman will be arriving for less than Borini will be departing for.
Dancing towards a move?
There’s been suggestions that Liverpool have been keeping tabs on 27-year old QPR striker Loic Remy, but it’s starting to sound like we’ve been doing a lot more than that with a number of media outlets reporting that the Frenchman has agreed to a five year deal at Anfield.
With Luis Suarez jumping ship to Barcelona, it doesn’t take a master tactician to work out that the Reds will need to add some fire-power to their squad. Despite signing Southampton hit-man Rickie Lambert earlier in the window, Brendan Rodgers side is looking decidedly short up top and the addition of Remy — an absolute bargain with a mere £8.5mil buy-out fee — one has to wonder if Liverpool’s reported interest in Swansea City man Wilfried Bony was genuine.
Trifecta of awesomeness?
As the transfer window keeps rolling, the rumours keep getting more and more out of hand with a number of media outlets linking cash rich Liverpool with a double swoop for Juventus pair Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.
With the sale of Luis Suarez injecting a fair bit of cash into the Reds coffers, the Anfield outfit are apparently lining up just about anyone with a pulse as they look to re-structure following the loss of their talismanic Uruguayan. Borussia Dortmund striker Marco Reus was being hotly tipped as a target for boss Brendan Rodgers, and although that particular bit of fantasy remains alive and well, ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and current Red Devils target Arturo Vidal have also apparently been added to their wish list.
Not going anywhere
After captaining the side to a 2-1 defeat to his old side Brondby yesterday, Daniel Agger’s future looked just as much in question as it had all year.
A number of injuries prevented the Dane from getting a consistent run in the side as Liverpool finished runners-up to Manchester City and earned a spot in the Champions League for the first time since 2009. The resurgence of Martin Skrtel and the emergence of promising French international Mamadou Sakho at Anfield meant that even when fit, the newly minted vice-captain often had to settle for a spot on the bench. Despite that, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers isn’t keen on letting the defender leave this summer and he was quick to let everyone know that.
How much more can they talk about?
Despite having a £8mil bid for Swansea City fullback Ben Davies rejected only two days ago, there are reports coming in from Spain that Liverpool haven’t given up home of signing long-standing defensive target Alberto Moreno and will re-open talks this week over his future.
The Reds have seen a number of bids rejected for the 22-year old as Sevilla hold out for a fee in the region of £20mil — which is seemingly about £4mil than they’re willing to pay to secure his services. It looked like a deal had been struck on more than one occasion between the two sides earlier on in the summer, but it has consistently broken down on every occasion. Although it’s sounding less and less likely, Spanish media outlet ABC are saying talks between the two sides will pick back up this week as they try to thrash out a deal.