Liverpool: Summer Transfer Rumors
After a busy season where Liverpool achieved a quintuple, players will be turning their attention to international duty with the World Cup soon to be kicking off in Russia. However, for Brendan Rodgers, his attention will be shifted to the upcoming transfer window.
We start off the summer transfer rumors with Lloyd Jones
. The 22-year-old has been at Liverpool since 2011 after signing on from hometown club Plymouth Argyle, and was tipped for a bright future at Anfield. Jones captained the Under-21s and enjoyed extremely successful loan spells at lower league sides like Bristol City and Shrewsbury.
Unfortunately, he has not managed to break into the first team at Liverpool, only making 3 appearances in the Premier League last season, and is angling for a move away to continue his footballing career.
Rodgers is ready to allow the defender to leave and a host of clubs have already registered their interest, but Swansea are the front runners for Jones' signature.
Lloyd Jones will be allowed to leave after failing to break into Liverpool's first team
Without Jones, Liverpool will be left with only three center-backs in the senior team, and thus defensive cover is high on their wishlist.
Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala
is an option. The 27-year-old has made just 17 appearances in the Premier League since his £32 million move from Porto in 2014, and has not played a league game since 2016. Also being considered is Arsenal misfit Kyriakos Papadopoulos
, who has failed to inspire since linking up with the Gunners last summer from Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are both stepping up their interest in Mario Balotelli
, after a storming season where he managed 38 goals for Liverpool.
The explosive winger's contract runs out in just two years and might be able to force a move if he so desires, having stated before that he was keen on moving to play in La Liga.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have stepped up interest in Mario Balotelli
Midfield powerhouse James Ward-Prowse
and 40-goal machine Richairo Zivkovic
are both wanted by Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund. But Der BVB will have to look elsewhere, with neither player interested in deserting Liverpool.
Argentine goalkeeper Jeronimo Rulli
is attracting interest from Rodgers and Liverpool scouts are reportedly getting ready to observe the Argentina international in action at the World Cup.
The 26-year-old kept 13 clean sheets in 37 La Liga games for Real Sociedad last season, and would be seen as an upgrade to current Liverpool first-choice Simon Mignolet
Mignolet's future at Anfield is in doubt and despite having loyally served the club since 2013, his fate will be sealed if Liverpool and Real Sociedad successfully conclude negotiations over Rulli. He is believed to be rated at around £25 million by his current employers.
Liverpool scouts have been sent to observe Sociedad's Jeronimo Rulli at the World Cup in Russia
will push for a move out of Liverpool this summer after promises of first-team football failed to materialize.
The Ghanaian has impressed after signing for £16.5 million from Real Madrid, but was frequently used as merely an impact sub, with 16 out of his 34 appearances in all competitions last season coming from the bench.
Recently-appointed Arsenal boss Roberto Martinez is searching for new faces to improve on the club's 5th-placed finish from last season, and may swoop in for Asamoah, although he may be slightly turned off by the £20 million price tag slapped onto the 29-year-old.
Real Madrid and Roma have expressed interest in taking full-back Jon Flanagan
abroad. The Liverpool-born defender has failed to displace Nathaniel Clyne, and his lack of first-team opportunities - he made only 6 appearances in the Premier League last season - has served to alert clubs to his availability.
Locally, Arsenal are also admirers of the England international, but Flanagan is understood to be leaning towards the idea of a foreign league.