Anfield boss keen to bring in new recruits whilst willing to offload squad players to make room for their arrival.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to address what he feels is Liverpool’s main area of weakness, the club’s attack, by plotting moves for three internationals he feels can add creativity to wide areas that currently fail to provide ammunition for the Anfield side’s strike-force.
The Northern Irish boss will continue to adhere to Liverpool’s push for a more youthful transfer policy by making way for new signings by offloading elder statesmen in the Merseyside club’s squad.
Ibrahim Afellay is said to be ready to leave Barcelona after talks with new boss Tito Vilanova failed to convince the Dutch attacker that he was likely to make an impact in the Nou Camp first team this coming season. The former PSV Eindhoven man is said to be available for around £7m and having battled his way into the Dutch national team starting eleven the adaptable midfielder is keen to secure a move to a club that can offer him a fair crack of the whip.
Rodgers is said to be a big admirer of the 26 year old who can play in either an advanced central midfield role or out on either flank. Afellay is an experienced player who racked up over 200 appearances for PSV before his ill fated move to Barcelona which has resulted in an 18 month period of bench warming.
Adam Johnson is similarly involved in showdown talks with Man City boss Roberto Mancini and the England international is unlikely to get the reassurances he desires and having lost his place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad the winger may well now be open to offers.
The Sunderland born wide-man has been linked with interest from his hometown side but may well be more interested in a move to an Anfield side under new management. Rodgers sees Adam Johnson as the ideal man to play on the right wing, a role that both Dirk Kuyt and Jordan Henderson struggled to successfully fill last term.
Man City are said to be ready to listen to offers of around £12m upwards for a player they signed for £7m from Middlesbrough two and a half years ago. The fact that Johnson’s former team-mate Stewart Downing is at Anfield may act as an incentive to move to the Merseyside club.
Rodgers is also taking a keen interest in Wigan Athletic’s want-away youngster Victor Moses, who was the subject of a failed £4m bid from Chelsea. Liverpool are ready to make an offer in excess of the Blues offer as the Latics consider what tack to take with a player who clearly has great potential but equally clearly wants to leave the DW Stadium this summer.
Having allowed Dirk Kuyt to complete his move to Fenerbahce Rodgers will look to find a buyer for Argentine utility man Maxi Rodriguez who has been a bit part player at Liverpool ever since his arrival back in January 2010. There is reported interest from a number of La Liga sides but the 31 year old is thought to favour a move to South America.
Rodgers will assess loaned out pair Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani during pre-season but whilst still open to having both players return to the fold will not be averse to bids for either party.
The same is ultimately true of Welsh forward Craig Bellamy, a player who Liverpool have allowed to take part in the 2012 Olympics, despite the possible ramifications for his ability to take part in pre-season training. Rodgers will be more than aware that the 32 year old was one of the few players who excelled at Anfield last term but will not stand in the player’s way if he feels he needs to leave to secure regular first team football.
Championship side Cardiff City are apparently interested in the attacker and Bellamy may well be tempted by a permanent move to his hometown side, who he spent a season on loan at in 2010/11.