Newly installed Anfield boss lines up busy summer of transfer dealings.
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NEW Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to splash £20million on three players.
His top targets are Swansea midfielder Joe Allen, who is valued at £10m, £6m Icelander Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fulham’s Clint Dempsey who could move this summer for £4m.
Both Allen, 22, and fellow midfielder Sigurdsson, 22, when on loan from German club Hoffenheim, played under Rodgers at Swansea last season.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Brendan Rodgers may well feel that in order to succeed at Anfield where Kenny Dalglish has failed it will take the addition of a number of new signings to help add quality to an expensively assembled squad that failed to make ground on the top four and instead fell away to secure the club’s worst top tier finish in over 50 years.
One wonders if the Northern Irish boss will be given quite so hefty a transfer warchest as his predecessor had been handed, and if not that would perhaps explain this fairly reduced level of spending outlined by this source.
Given that Dalglish invested over the £20m stated by this source on the likes of Jordan Henderson alone, being handed such a sum for three very talented individuals may not be enough to get the job done.
It seems highly unlikely that Swansea City will allow their former boss the chance to come along to the Liberty Stadium and pick up the players he desires, and certainly not ‘on the cheap’. Gyfli Sigurdsson may prove easier to snap up as the Icelandic has not completed a permanent move to the Welsh club and could still be lured by a move to Anfield.
Joe Allen may be an altogether tougher nut to crack. The 22 year old local born midfielder had a standout season last term and was a virtual ever present under Rodgers and Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins will fight tooth and nail to prevent the Welsh international from moving to Liverpool, regardless of the £10m fee quoted.
Clint Dempsey’s valuation also seems incredibly low. Yes the American has a year to run on his current deal but Fulham will laugh at offers of just £4m for a player who last term notched up 23 goals in all competitions. The adaptable attacker may well consider a move away from Craven Cottage but may be more likely to be lured by a side who can offer him his first taste of Champions League football, something Rodgers may convince the 29 year old he can achieve in the long term if he were to move to Merseyside.
Liverpool could well do with alternative goal-scoring options as other than Luis Suarez goals are hard to come by. Andy Carroll is yet to make a consistent impact and Dirk Kuyt, who could always be relied upon to score crucial goals with relative regularity, has now been sold to Fenerbahce.