Raul Meireles may be one of many sacrificed this summer as Anfield boss looks to re-shape squad.
Liverpool are still in the hunt for Stewart Downing, but expect protracted negotiations with his club Aston Villa, who are keen to be seen to be trying hard to keep their best players.
The Midlands club know there is already a massive backlash brewing against new boss Alex Mcleish, and should both Downing and Ashley Young immediately leave, that would only heap further pressure on the Scotsman.
Liverpool though expect to eventually snap up Downing for around £12million, even if they have to wait all summer for their man, though they have lined Charles N’Zogbia up as a potential replacement.
They will finance what is sure to be an expensive summer – with the capture of Charlie Adam and Scott Dann also still high on their agenda – by selling some of their squad players who are surplus to requirements.
And perhaps surprisingly, that clear out could begin with Raul Meireles, who was the only one of last summer’s signings to make a real impact at Anfield.
The Portugal international midfielder was voted fans’ player of the year after a promising debut in the Premier League, but he failed to hold down a place in central midfield for the Reds.
Talks have proceeded on an informal basis with Inter Milan, and now the indications are that the Italians will get their man if they offer Liverpool a profit on their initial £12million outlay…and that deal could be processed quickly.
The Reds are also in talks with Roma over the sale of Alberto Aquilani, and new Fulham boss Martin Jol is interested in Joe Cole, while Dalglish is also looking to offload Milan Jovanovic, Maxi Rodriguez, Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky and Philipp Degen amongst others.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Some may query the sense in selling a player who made as much of an impact as Raul Meireles did last term, arguably as much as anyone else last season but clearly Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli have an overall plan and that long term plan may not include the Portuguese international who may well be replaced by recent Sunderland signing Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool are looking to push on towards the top four and Dalglish knows as well as anyone that his current squad is just not built for that task, regardless of the good form the Merseyside club showed since the Scot arrived at the helm last January.
There are luckily significant bits of deadwood and players of quality, including Alberto Aquilani, that can be sold to help fund significant moves in the transfer market as well as free up space in the first team picture.
Birmingham City defender Scott Dann would be an ideal signing to help beef up central defensive options, not least because Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Jamie Carragher are getting on a bit. Charlie Adam is a player Dalglish has had his eyes on for some time and given the way the Scottish international performed against Liverpool last season.
The need to bring in natural width has wisely led to interest in consistent Aston Villa wide man Stewart Downing who would be a far wiser purchase than Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia in my opinion.
Another bonus comes from the fact that of the eight players linked with Anfield exits, four were free transfer arrivals and therefore any funds accrued from their sales could be deemed a bonus and the removal of hefty wages paid to the likes of Joe Cole could also free up capital to be re-invested.