So far it has been a crazy summer for clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea, with the Gunners securing deals for Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud but set to lose out on Robin Van Persie (Source: His official website) and most likely Nicklas Bendtner (Source: Daily Mail). Chelsea have secured the services of Eden Hazard and Marko Marvin and are close to getting Hulk (Source: The Metro) but have lost veteran striker Didier Drogba, who will move to Shanghai and have also opted to let Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa leave without renewing their contract.
Brendan Rodgers has had his first training session at Melwood and had a long discussion with the players. So he has had time to set his priorities. So what is are the targets he plans to bring in for the new season at Liverpool? Here are the Reds most promising targets or newly linked:
Recent Rumors: Gaston Ramirez has probably been the player who has had strong rumors of an Anfield move, Bologna have reported contact from Liverpool for the services of the young Uruguay international, and the player himself has shown interest to move to Liverpool (Source: The Express). Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Martin Skrtel have also featured in the recent news with possible moves away from Liverpool. Demba Ba has also been lined up as a target (though the player has played down any such link) and Juventus are trying to bring in Suarez for a deal worth 15m PLUS Milos Krasic (worth 10m).
Strongly Linked Players: Gaston Ramirez (Bologna), Demba Ba(Newcastle United), Mark Davies (Bolton), Luuk De Jong (FC Twente), Milos Krasic (Juventus), Jan Klaas Huntelaar (Schalke), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Cristian Tello (Barcelona), Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham).
Possible Arrivals: Out of all the midfielders, I see Ramirez as the best bet and a very possible deal, given the players interest in the club and national teammates in the Liverpool line-up.
Long Shots: De Jong, Afellay are realistic targets (Source: Daily Mail) but would be very difficult to get due to the many suitors. The Krasic deal may also fall through because Liverpool will not part with Suarez. As you all know I have been a huge fan of De Jong so I hope he moves to Liverpool.
Possible Departures: I don’t really see any move for Skrtel, Suarez, Carroll and Agger as they have all expressed the ambitions at Liverpool next season.
Losing out on: Sigurdsson, this is a deal I was so sure of, but instead he chose Spurs over Liverpool. While we are all very confident that wages were the reason behind it, Sigurdsson says it was the ambitions of the club that led him to White Hart lane. Why anyone would chose a club where the ambitions (Champions league football) are the same as Liverpool, and to add to that Brendan Rodgers managing the Reds makes it very obvious, Sigurdsson was in it for the money. Although I do feel he will regret this decision when he is left as a bench warmer.
The decision of Sigurdsson could come as a blessing in disguise because it makes a Ramirez move more possible, who by far is a much better and faster player than Sigurdsson.
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