Brendan Rodgers Eyeing Summer Raids On Tottenham + Chelsea
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a double swoop on Spurs and Chelsea this summer for defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Ashley Cole, according to reports
The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Brendan Rodgers is ready to raid two rivals this summer.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a double swoop on Tottenham and Chelsea this summer for defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mail.
The Reds have been the surprise package this season, with a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday seeing them move second in the Premier League table and a shock title charge now looks on with 10 games to go.
Key to the Merseysiders success has been their deadly strike-force which – led by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – has seen them score 73 league goals so far – more than any other team in the division.
However, a defence that’s conceded 35 goals has perhaps undermined their title ambitions at times and it seems Rodgers is ready to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer to shore up his leaky back-line.
The Daily Mail claim the Northern Irishman is leading the race to sign Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen after the defender strongly hinted last week he may seek a move away from White Hart Lane if the north Londoners fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
The 26-year-old has proved to be an excellent signing for Spurs since joining from Ajax 18 months ago and his experience at Premier League level would be vital should Rodgers be successful in luring him to Anfield. That could be difficult though, as Tottenham are highly unlikely to welcome any interest in the centre-back and will be reluctant to sell to a domestic rival if Vertonghen does demand a move away this summer.
The Mail suggests that a new left-back is also on the agenda for Rodgers and he will make a move to sign veteran Ashley Cole on a free transfer if he fails to sign a new deal at Chelsea.
Cole has been a superb servant for the Blues over the past eight years but he’s fallen out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho this season. With his contract set to expire in June, it could be time for a new challenge and it appears Rodgers is ready to offer him the chance to stay in England and still play at the top level.
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