Rodgers Lines-Up Shock Move For Chelsea & Man Utd Targets As Reds Eye Major Signing
Liverpool to battle Chelsea and Man Utd over the signing of either Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal as Brendan Rodgers looks to bring in a marquee name this summer
The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Liverpool are ready to battle it out with Chelsea and Manchester United for two of the world’s best.
Liverpool are ready to go head-to-head with Chelsea and Manchester United over the signing of either Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal as Brendan Rodgers looks to bring in a marquee signing this summer, according to reports.
The Reds boss has already been extremely busy this summer and has spent almost £60m on Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, but the spending doesn’t look like it’s about to stop any time soon as Rodgers plans to take his spending over £100m in one summer for the first time in the clubs history.
The Northern Irishman insists the signings he’s already made were pre-planned before the departure of Luis Suarez and he will now set about trying to replace the 31 goals a season he’ll lose following the Uruguayan international’s sale to Barcelona.
Rodgers claims he isn’t looking for a direct replacement for Suarez, but will instead look to share the goal burden throughout the rest of the team and will try and add some much-needed depth to all areas of his squad as they prepare to play Champions League football again next season. Rodgers told reporters:
“We are working hard behind the scenes to find players, but it will not be a direct replacement [for Suarez].
“We are looking for several players who can add to what we have and improve us again.”
“Obviously, Luis going gives us the clout to go and spend more and we are getting the right type of player in.
“We certainly won’t spend just for the sake of spending. It has to be the sort of player who is going to improve us. But we will definitely be stronger this season – no doubt.”
“The signings we have made have no relation to Luis going. Absolutely. These are players that were always earmarked to come in.
“We felt last year we just never had the depth, and we are in the Champions League this year, so we have to ensure we have a strong as squad as possible. That is what we will do, no question.” Rodgers is quoted as saying by the Mirror
Queens Park Rangers £8m striker Loic Remy has emerged as a likely target after the Merseysiders went cold on the idea of signing Swansea’s Wilfried Bony, while Dejan Lovren and Ben Davies are the key targets for defence, but it’s in midfield where Rodgers supposedly has some ambitious plans.
The Mirror claim that the Liverpool boss wants to bring in a ‘marquee’ signing and has placed Juventus duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal on his hit-list while a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus is also under consideration.
Pogba has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks while Vidal is firmly on Man Utd’s radar, so Liverpool are going to have to see-off some stiff competition if they are to lure either of the midfielders to Anfield this summer.
They will also have to be prepared to spend big as both players are valued at around £30m-£40m and it will take a huge offer to persuade Juventus to cash-in, while the players wage demands will also be excessive if an agreement was reached between the two clubs.
It would certainly be a major coup if Rodgers could land either Pogba or Vidal from under the noses of their rivals, but even if they don’t manage to, the Liverpool fans will be pleased to see them showing some real ambition in the transfer market.
Many Liverpool supporters fear the club may squander the Suarez money much in the same way Tottenham did following the sale of Gareth Bale last year, but a marquee name will go a long way to proving the Merseysiders mean business in the transfer market this summer. Whether that name turns out to be Pogba or Vidal remains to be seen though….
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