Anfield manager looks to land three young stars.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look to complete a trio of young signings prior to the closing of the summer transfer window at the end of the month. The Anfield manager has received the backing of the club’s American owners who have urged the former Swansea City boss to continue his clear-out to help boost funds to secure new additions.
Having already seen Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and Fabio Aurelio all leave the club and with Alberto Aquilani set to secure a move back to Serie A, Rodgers will continue the process of putting his own stamp on the Liverpool squad he inherited from Kenny Dalglish.
Rodgers has earmarked a move for Bologna attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez, a player who has long been linked with a move to the Merseyside club. The 21 year old has impressed since his move to Italy two years ago and the Uruguayan may well be tempted to join his national team colleagues Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates at Liverpool.
Liverpool are ready to offer a fee in the region of £16m for the former Penarol man and that may well be a fee that Bologna feel tempted to accept.
Liverpool’s American owners have adopted a youthful transfer policy since they took over in October 2010 and they are ready to fund advances for the adaptable attacker who Rodgers will hope can add more creativity and drive to a side that scored too few goals last term.
Brendan Rodgers has been open in his admiration for former charge Joe Allen and will look to convince his former club to rip up a previous agreement that stated that the former Swans man could not poach any of the Liberty Stadium squad. New Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is ready to allow the 22 year old Welsh midfielder to leave if he so chooses, but chairman Huw Jenkins will only do so if Liverpool meet the club’s valuation of the Carmarthen born midfield schemer, said to be around £15m
Allen and Rodgers clearly know each other well from the Northern Irish manager’s two seasons in charge at the Liberty Stadium and having seen the pint sized midfielder excel in his first season in the top tier.
Given that Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson struggled to impress in this first seasons at the Merseyside club there may well be a need to supplement Liverpool’s midfield.
Joe Allen has notched up 147 appearances for the Swans, having been at the club since the age of nine.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also keen on landing Birmingham City youngster Jack Butland.
The 19 year old Bristol born keeper was named in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad despite having only ever played League Two football and then followed up that surprise call up by being made first choice in Stuart Pearce’s Team GB Olympic football side, and impressing many with his displays.
Brad Jones may be offloaded and fellow back-up custodian Doni has not impressed when called upon since his move to Anfield from Roma.
Though Liverpool’s number one goalkeeping option Pepe Reina is perhaps ones of the most consistent performers in the Premier League, Rodgers may feel that the addition of a quality youngster could help to keep the Spaniard on his toes and conversely Butland could well learn a lot from the 29 year old World Cup winner.
Birmingham City are thought to be demanding a fee in the region of £7m for a player Lee Clark may struggle to keep hold of this summer.
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