Anfield boss looks to trim midfield options.
The Liverpool manager has invested £47m this summer in three midfielders – Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam. However, with the club’s owner, John W Henry, tweeting that he expects Alberto Aquilani, who spent last season on loan at Juventus, to stay on Merseyside, Dalglish’s room for manoeuvre may be narrowing.
Milan Jovanovic, his most obvious misfit and the last and worst signing made by Rafael Benítez, is close to the exit door. The Serb has had offers from both Anderlecht and Lille, although he said his wife would prefer Brussels to northern France.
Like Maxi Rodríguez and Joe Cole, he was a free transfer on high wages. The three of them, all touted for moves away from Merseyside, are each reportedly on around £100,000 a week.
As well as this trio referenced by this source there are strong links from interested parties in midfield pair Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles and it seems likely that Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli will look to trim his many midfield options.
Liverpool currently have a myriad of options, as well as the five players who are repeatedly linked with an exit from the Merseyside club, Dalglish has the likes of Lucas, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Jay Spearing, Christian Poulsen and new signings Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to fill midfield and wide roles.
It therefore seems plausible that Liverpool look to balance the books and the large wage bill the club have to cover to pay Jovanovic, Cole and Maxi may lead to their departure.
Rodriguez has already stated his desire to return to Argentina and a deal may be on the cards, although the former Atletico Madrid star has been in good form during the club’s Asian tour and performed well towards the end of last term.
Milan Jovanovic seems set to seal a free transfer back to Belgium where he will apparently join Anderlecht. The Serbian international was perhaps unwisely used more prominently out wide as opposed to his traditional role as an out and out forward, a role he fulfilled with success at Standard Liege.
Joe Cole has been strongly linked with interest from QPR and West Ham but has been told he has a future at Liverpool and has played a big role in pre-season friendlies thus far this summer.
Alberto Aquilani has also done well on the Asian tour but is essentially only back at Liverpool because Juventus decided to not meet the asking price for the Italian international. Raul Meireles has also been linked with interest from Serie A, from sides Inter Milan and Fiorentina.
Having spent over £100m on new players in 2011 it seems likely that following on from the sale of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel in January that other players will also leave the club this summer, following Paul Konchesky who has recently signed for Leicester City.