Anfield side set to make another summer signing?
Liverpool FC are very close to making their next big signing with Aly Cissokho likely to be named as their new left-back next Monday.
Liverpool still require a new defender in that area and had considered Newcastle United’s Jose Enrique however the Spaniard would prefer to join a side competing in this seasons Champions League competition. Arsenal were linked with Cissokho but Wenger confirmed that the left side of their defence was covered, leaving the route free for Dalglish to make his move for the strong 23 year old.
Figures of £10m have been quoted although his current club Lyon are looking to sell for at least £12m, having paid Porto €15m in 2009. There will be concerns on his medical however, with AC Milan pulling out at the last minute in 2009 after discovering could suffer from spinal injuries later on in his career.
Should a medical go through without any issues, Liverpool’s defence will look complete with just another striker expected to join the squad this summer.
Having already snapped up Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Doni you would have to say that Kenny Dalglish has already been a very busy man, looking to improve his Anfield squad in the hope of breaking back into the top four club and a move to bring in a first choice left back would appear to be uppermost in the Scot’s remaining transfer plans.
Liverpool did apparently express a very real interest in Arsenal’s Gael Clichy before he made his move to Man City and Newcastle United’s want-away full back Jose Enrique is reportedly a long term target who appears to have reached a stalemate with the Magpies over any new contract talks so a move for Lyon’s Aly Cissokho appears to be the most realistic capture and this source believes a deal is very much in the pipeline.
Last season Liverpool used Paul Konchesky, Fabio Aurelio, Jack Robinson, Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson to fill what has now become something of a problem area and French international Cissokho may well be the solution. The 23 year old former Porto man is an attack minded left back who came very close to securing a move to AC Milan two years ago but ended up at the Stade Gerland where he has been a consistent performer.
Liverpool have now spent over £100m on new players this year, with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll signed in January to go with this summer’s four additions, which means that Dalglish may have to step up in his selling of squad players to help make room and balance the books.
Paul Konchesky has left and Milan Jovanovic is set to move to Anderlecht, however neither of these would attract much in the way of a fee. Christian Poulsen and Joe Cole may be next out the door but Dalglish may have to reassess his opinion of Italian international Alberto Aquilani following some very impressive displays in pre-season matches thus far.