Liverpool Launch Formal Bid for £26m Valencia Pair

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Anfield side make move for Mestalla duo.

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Liverpool have reportedly launched a formal bid for Valencia pair Robert Soldado and Aly Cissokho according to Spanish source AS.

The Anfield side are to offer €30m (£25.2m) for 28 year old Spanish international Soldado and the La Liga side will cleverly circumvent the need to fork out a big sum to Cissokho’s former Lyon employers by offering the full-back for a fee of just €1m (£800k), clearly a fee way below the player’s market value.

Liverpool’s interest in Soldado will of course leave many wondering if the Valencia forward is seen as a replacement for want-away forward Luis Suarez, who returned to the club today for their pre-season tour of Australia.

Rodgers has already done some successful shopping in La Liga, bringing in Sevilla and Celta Vigo attackers Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, and has hinted in recent days that he plans on making further summer additions having also brought in Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet from Man City and Sunderland respectively.

Liverpool could well be keen to strengthen their defensive options and Rodgers may see Cissokho as a preferable option to Spaniard Luis Enrique, who had something of an average campaign last term.

Soldado is a proven goal-scorer who has netted 81 goals in 141 appearances for the Mestalla side though arguably he isn’t in the same calibre as Luis Suarez and as such would perhaps not be a signing Liverpool fans would be all that impressed by if they did indeed see the Uruguayan goal machine leave the Merseyside club.

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