Five players who could join Liverpool this summer and five players who may depart.…IN
It would be a surprise to see the speedy winger leave the Emirates this summer but 23-year-old is reportedly stalling on signing a new contract, with Liverpool leading the race for his signature. The inconsistent forward has already racked up over 150 league appearances for the Gunners, scoring 26 times but might thrive in a more central role under Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool’s American owners shamed themselves last week by prematurely announcing that Dempsey had joined the Reds on their website – a claim Fulham fervently denied. Even so, Brendan Rodgers has admitted an interest in the 29-year-old, who has scored 30 Premier League goals in two seasons for an average Cottagers side. Dempsey’s arrival would make-up for the disappointment of missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson, who decided to join Spurs.
With Andy Carroll on his way out of Anfield, Liverpool will be in the market for a striker and there are few who are better value for money than the Senegalese. Ba reportedly has a £7 million release clause and banged home 16 league goals last season. A dodgy knee reportedly makes the 27-year-old uninsurable, however.
The Uruguayan winger is currently in London for the London Olympic Games and Liverpool might fancy their chances of concluding a deal in the next three weeks. The 21-year-old Bologna star is one of the most highly-rated players in the Serie A and can play out-wide or behind a front man. Ramirez will cost in excess of £15 million, however.
The Swansea pass-master is reportedly Brendan Rodgers top transfer target and the Northern Irish tactician is preparing a £10 million bid for the 22-year-old, who he managed at Swansea. Allen is currently with Team GB preparing for the Olympic Games and Swans boss Michael Laudrup has admitted he will discuss any bids with the player. The Welsh international was the sixth most successful passer in Europe last season.…OUT
In what looks like one of the great mismanagements of money in recent seasons, £35 million striker Andy Carroll is set to leave Liverpool this summer. The powerful Geordie is likely to return to his former club Newcastle in a cut-price £18 million deal, despite showing some decent form towards the end of last season, and with England at Euro 2012. West Ham and Aston Villa are also interested in the 23-year-old.
The £8 million bargain buy from Blackpool didn’t do much wrong in his first season on Merseyside but he didn’t exactly set the world alight either, scoring just twice in the League from an advanced midfield role. With Joe Allen seemingly on his way to Liverpool, 26-year-old Adam may make a surprise exit from Anfield, particularly as Brendan Rodgers seems prepared to offer Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani fresh starts at the club.
Another expensive Kenny Dalglish flop, Downing was signed from Aston Villa for around £16 million and failed to score a single goal or provide a single assist last season, despite playing over 40 times. The 28-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012 but may be allowed to leave by Brendan Rodgers if a suitable offers comes in.
Another astonishing mismanagment of finances, Aquilani cost £20 million but has made just 18 league appearances for Liverpool and spent the past two seasons on loan in his native Italy. Brendan Rodgers appears willing to give the 28-year-old a fresh start on Merseyside but will surely allow him depart if the right offer is made.
Brendan Rodgers is determined to hold onto the controversial Uruguayan but Juventus are desperate to land the former Ajax star and are eyeing a Suarez-Van Persie strike partnership next season. Suarez is thought to be content at Anfield but may welcome a move to the Serie A, after last season was marred by his race row with Patrice Evra. Liverpool may reluctantly allow Suarez, who is talented by a PR nightmare, to depart if the Old Lady offer enough.
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