Anfield boss looks to capture Etihad Stadium and Liberty Stadium talents.
LUIS SUAREZ has trebled his wages by signing a lucrative new contract with Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers pressing ahead with moves for Adam Johnson and Joe Allen.
Uruguayan striker Suarez had been earning about £35,000 a week, but his standing as one of Anfield’s most important players is reflected by this new £100,000-a-week, long-term deal.
Rodgers will now look to support Suarez – who had four years to run on a five-and-a-half year deal he signed when arriving from Ajax for £22.8million in 2011 – on the pitch by pushing through a £15m deal for Swansea midfielder Allen before the end of the week as well as trying to secure Manchester City winger Johnson in an imaginative part-exchange switch.
Liverpool want £20m for Daniel Agger but would be happy with less if £8m-rated winger Johnson were included in a cash-plus-player deal.
Brendan Rodgers, having now secured Luis Suarez’s long term future at Liverpool, is now seemingly looking to boost his Anfield squad with additional moves in the summer transfer window.
The former Swansea City boss has already begun a clear-out of sorts by allowing veterans Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt leave and Alberto Aquilani has brought to an end his nightmare spell on Merseyside, leaving the way clear for the arrival new midfield options.
21 year old Welsh international Joe Allen has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool ever since Rodgers moved to the club but it seems that Liberty Stadium chairman Huw Jenkins is only interested in selling if the right price is paid for the talented midfielder.
That price is apparently £15m. Now some may consider this to be an inflated price but is about par for the course in relation to any club attempting to ‘Buy British’, after all Liverpool forked out a larger sum for Jordan Henderson and twice as much for Andy Carroll so it would be churlish for Rodgers to think Allen would come ‘on the cheap’.
Adam Johnson has struggled to convince Roberto Mancini of his worth ever since he arrived at the club from Middlesbrough two and a half years ago. The England international has impressed much of the time he has been called upon but has invariably played second fiddle to the likes of Samir Nasri or David Silva.
Last term the 25 year old made just ten Premier League starts but his desire to retain his obscene wage packet may deter the Sunderland born winger from pursuing an Etihad Stadium exit.
If Johnson was to refuse a move away from Man City on those grounds then he may well have to get used to being overlooked by Roy Hodgson when it comes to international duty, just as he was when the England boss named his Euro 2012 squad.
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