Anfield side to make big moves in summer transfer market.
Liverpool made a last-minute effort to sign the Aston Villa forward on the final day of January’s transfer window, but Villa were unwilling to sell. However, Villa’s hopes of tying Young down to a club-record £80,000 weekly contract evaporated when he announced that he will not extend his contract.
Villa are hoping to attach a £20m price tag to Young, who has notched up eight goals and eight assists for Villa this season, but their position is weakened by the fact that his contract expires at the end of next season, at which point he could depart for free.
Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool’s caretaker manager, who is currrently negotiating an extension to his own contract, believes that Young’s creativity would help bring the best out of new signing Andy Carroll, but he will face tough competition for his signature.
Tottenham are looking to bolster their own Premiership credentials and Manchester United are hoping to recruit a creative midfielder this summer.
The list of targets Dalglish has drawn up with Damian Comolli, Liverpool’s director of football, also includes Charlie Adam, the playmaker whom Blackpool managed to cling on to despite Liverpool’s advances in January, Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, and Bolton’s centre-back Gary Cahill.
Liverpool may find themselves having to battle numerous Premier League sides to land this quartet but one can see why Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish would see each player as way to improve the club’s squad. Whilst clearly the Merseyside outfit spend large sums to land Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez those deals were almost totally financed from the sales of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and Ryan Babel to Hoffenheim.
Aston Villa seem like they may have given up on trying to keep Ashley Young and will now look to get as much as they can for the England international winger, however with just a year left on his contract, his value is severely reduced and hopes of securing £20m are hopeful in the extreme. Manchester United also want the former Watford man so that may help to drive the price up for the Midlands side.
Gary Cahill is similarly being chased by Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Arsene Wenger who needs to beef up his back-line as much as either side. Liverpool have two veterans among their crop of centre backs with Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos both getting on a bit, however they club does have solid pair Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, who are both 26 so have a lot left in the tank.
Charlie Adam has been in great form for Blackpool and whilst Raul Meireles and Steven Gerrard both score from the midfield perhaps the Scottish international will offer other options. Tottenham also want the Tangerines star though.
Matt Jarvis’s value will have rocketed since his inclusion in the England set-up and the likelihood of any move will significantly increase if Wolves don’t stay up. The crafty winger would offer some much needed natural width at a reasonable price.