Liverpool: Summer Transfer Rumors
With the summer upon us all again, it remains to be seen what Brendan Rodgers will do to strengthen his Liverpool side this year.
The Reds captured the Premier League and Champions League titles last season and undeniably possess one of the best first team squads in the world at present, and for that reason, Rodgers is believed to be focusing more on talented youngsters.
To start off the rumor mill, Middlesbrough youngster Tyler Thomas
has been linked with the Merseyside club. The England Under-19 international is just 17 this year but he has already made his professional debut with 3 appearances last season in the Championship.
Thomas, a right-back, could be a direct future replacement for Nathaniel Clyne. The defender, who is approaching his eighth year as a Liverpool player, celebrated his 30th birthday three months ago.
Paris Saint-Germain, whom Liverpool beat in last month's Champions League Final, are planning an ambitious double swoop for holding midfielder Lucas Romero
and striker Richairo Zivkovic
The big-spending French champions will offer £50 million in total for both players but Liverpool value the duo at a much higher price, especially Zivkovic, who has scored 90 goals in 156 league appearances since joining the club from Ajax in 2015.
Paris Saint-Germain are targeting Richairo Zivkovic and Lucas Romero
On the topic of forwards, Serie A club Catania will explore a potential season-long loan deal for Liverpool's Colombian star Sergio Riascos
The 20-year-old arrived in England last year, but made just 12 appearances before being sent to Gladbach on a temporary six-month loan. In the Bundesliga, he excelled, turning heads with an impressive number of 8 goals in 14 games.
The £35 million signing of Israel in January has pushed Riascos further down the pecking order, and another loan move is looking highly likely with Milan set to rival Catania for the 7-capped Colombia international.
Center-back Andres Bascon is set to return to Barcelona for next season, having rejected the opportunity to join Liverpool permanently. This has left Rodgers searching for a new defender to compete with Eder Alvarez Balanta, Samuel Umtiti, and Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
And the person on his radar is Jang Young-Hun
, who may just become Liverpool's first ever Korean player. The 20-year-old sealed his dream move to Europe only 11 months ago, signing for Portuguese side Porto from FC Seoul.
Almost immediately, Jang was packing his bags again, this time for the Netherlands after Porto made the decision to loan him out to ADO Den Haag. 10 Man of the Match awards in 23 Eredivisie games ensured a swift rise to prominence and Liverpool are one of several European clubs monitoring the South Korea international.
After six long years as the second-choice goalkeeper at Anfield, Jason Steele
might be ending his relationship with Liverpool.
Jason Steele has served as Liverpool's backup goalkeeper for six seasons
Pierre-Francois Costantini spent the entire season in the Liverpool Under-21s team after joining the club on a free transfer last summer, but Rodgers is ready to promote the former Bastia goalkeeper to serve as Jeronimo Rulli's understudy.
This leaves no place for Steele, whose contract is due to expire next season, and he has been made available for sale.
The 31-year-old, an England international with 6 caps, would still be a welcome addition to most clubs despite appearing in just 19 league games within the past 6 years. Manchester City and Norwich are both very interested but Steele is apparently determined to be a guaranteed first-choice, something that could give Norwich an advantage in the race.
Jordi Alba is expected to leave Barcelona when his contract expires next year, and David Alaba
has been identified to fill in the Catalans' left-back spot.
Since being made Liverpool's record signing for £50 million in 2016, Alaba has made over 100 appearances, helping the Reds to various honors. The offensive-minded wingback would fit well into Luis Enrique's style of play, although his club would be reluctant to sell.
Last but not least, Arsenal and Real Madrid are once again looking toward Yannis Aubry
. The versatile Frenchman can play in defense and midfield but was used sparingly last season with 15 appearances in the Premier League.
Liverpool shelled out around £25 million for Aubry 4 years ago though, and are not prepared to make a loss. Offers could very well be entertained, but only for the right price.