Anfield side hope to have transfer business done by the end of the week.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly closing in on deals to sign five players in the coming days as the Anfield boss sets about investing his Anfield transfer war-chest that is to be boosted by the long awaited sale of Andy Carroll to West Ham according to the Daily Mirror.
This source claims that deals are in place to sign five additions by the end of the week, the most high-profile of which being the capture of Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is set to join Liverpool in a deal worth around £22m and will undergo a medical in the next day or two.
The 24 year old has apparently been pursued by sides able to offer the Shakhtar Donestk man Champions League football but has been persuaded by Rodgers to join his young Liverpool squad, clearly convinced that the Merseyside club are on the up.
Mkhitaryan had an excellent season in 2012/13, scoring 25 goals in all competitions from an advanced midfield position and is perhaps seen as a long term replacement for Steven Gerrard.
The Daily Mirror believe that 21 year old FC Porto attacker Christian Atsu will come in for a fee in the region of £3m and that Liverpool will land Sevilla youngster Luis Alberto in a £5m deal, the addition of both helping to strengthen the Liverpool attack.
Moves to capture £9m Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet are said to be close to completion, a move that will surely leave many to wonder whether Pepe Reina will make his long awaited move back to Barcelona. The Belgian keeper is considered one of the best in the Premier League and it seems unlikely that Rodgers would be able to keep both happy fighting for Liverpool’s starting spot.
Though Liverpool have announced a deal in principal to sign £7m Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, as yet a deal has not been confirmed but this source believes such an announcement is on the cards. The 25 year old scored 23 goals to take his side into La Liga and then showed he is capable of raising his game by finishing as the club’s top scorer in the Spanish top tier, netting a dozen before bidding an emotional farewell to the side he has represented since the age of eight.
The £35m Liverpool paid Newcastle United for Andy Carroll in January 2011 was a fee that was greatly questioned at the time and it has indeed, perhaps unsurprisingly, proved an expensive mistake and the Merseyside club are seemingly very keen to finally offload the England man on a permanent basis, even if they do have to sell at £20m less than they forked out.
One would imagine that other players may be sold to help balance the books after such an ambitious spending spree, with the likes of Stewart Downing, Martin Skrtel and the aforementioned Reina perhaps being offloaded to cover the cost of player purchases as well as making room for their arrival.