After already agreeing deals for Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas this summer, Liverpool have been more active than most in the transfer market. While Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have been heavily linked with a catalogue of players it is Liverpool who have got their money out and made the purchases.
In what promises to be an exciting summer in the market, Liverpool look as if they may spend the bulk of their current transfer kitty (Suarez dependent) in the next week or so. soccersweep reported last week on Liverpool’s interest in Shaktar’s goal-scoring phenomenon Henrikh Mkhitaryan and The Guardian has reported that a deal is getting closer.
The Ukrainian club’s chief executive, Sergey Palkin, had suggested that there had been no official contact with Liverpool over the player, who scored 25 league goals last season, but that approach is now understood to have occurred and Anfield officials are hopeful about concluding a deal.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph states that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is poised for talks with the player this week.
For a reported £22m it’s a lot of money to spend but the player is said to have drawn interest from all over Europe, including France and Germany, due to his goal-scoring prowess. CLICK HERE FOR A CLOSER LOOK.
The other player that Liverpool are reportedly closing in on is Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet. The Belgian stopper, 24, is valued by his club at around £10m – a price that Liverpool have yet to meet. But there remains a feeling that Liverpool are sincere about concluding deals with both players as soon as possible. This deal again raises doubts about the future of current Liverpool number 1 Pepe Reina. Reina didn’t have his best of seasons last time out but speculation about a transfer to Barcelona has calmed of late with Victor Valdes publicly stating that he wants to remain with the Spanish giants. Mignolet, Reina and Valdes will all undoubtedly expect to be first choice but 3 into 2 just doesn’t fit so something will have to give.
So, Liverpool fans, would you like to see Mignolet between the sticks next season or do your loyalties still lie with Pepe?
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