Liverpool: Summer Transfer Rumors
It has been a rather eventful pre-season so far for Liverpool with captain Steven Gerrard retiring from professional football after 21 years in the game. However, the club will now have to move on and it's time for another transfer window once again.
Brendan Rodgers is understood to not want to make any changes to his quintuple-winning side, but he will look to finalize a deal for center-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos
The 27-year-old joined Liverpool from Arsenal last season on a season-long loan after his career stagnated at the Emirates Stadium, and has been a fantastic backup option for Rodgers, making 37 appearances in all competitions in 2018/19. He also managed to add a Premier League title and a Capital One Cup medal to his list of achievements.
And Rodgers is keen for Papadopoulos to stay on after his successful year at Anfield, either in a loan capacity once again or a permanent transfer this time. Arsenal are willing to let the Greece international go for about £8 million.
Papadopoulos had a great season with Liverpool and the club want to extend his stay
On the other hand, Toby Alderweireld
has been the polar opposite of Papadopoulos, failing to make an impact since signing for Liverpool last summer from Roma, and has been classed as a flop after just 7 games in the Premier League.
The club want to offload him as soon as possible, and he is set to stay in England with Tottenham reported to be admirers. Spurs will submit a bid in the region of £10 million, £4 million less than what Alderweireld joined Liverpool for just one year ago.
With Liverpool having reaped much of the benefits in the loan signing of Papadopoulos, Rodgers might be tempted to go back to the well.
Arsenal forward Son Heung-Min
was purchased for a hefty £35 million fee in 2014 and enjoyed a bright start to life at the Emirates, but his fortunes soon changed with the South Korean making just 3 appearances last season.
Naturally, Arsenal want to get the £80k per week player off the wage bill and would be open to a loan deal if Liverpool agree to pay Son's wages throughout the duration of the loan. The 97-capped man can not only play on both wings but also up front as a striker, and Rodgers is known to like having versatile utility players in his squad.
A person most certain to depart Merseyside this summer is Daniel Sturridge
. The 30-year-old played only 6 games in the Premier League last season and registered 0 goals, although he did manage to hit home 9 in cup competitions, with the majority of that number coming in the Champions League group stages.
Sturridge has lost his place in the side and could depart Liverpool this summer
Tottenham are very interested. Roberto Mancini wants to bolster his side's attacking options, with only Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo being the only strikers in his first team. However, both are past their peak at the age of 33 and 34 respectively.
Southampton will also enter the running to sign the England international, joining Atletico Madrid, Fiorentina, and Sassuolo, all of which want to convince Sturridge to leave the country.
Despite the amount of interest in him, his £155k per week wages could prove to be a big stumbling block for most clubs.
After finishing 6th in the Premier League, Manchester City have readied themselves to go on yet another spending spree. Rafa Benitez has been awarded with a £100 million transfer kitty in return for promises of Champions League football, and the City boss wants to sign no less than eight players.
One of his targets is young Liverpool right-back Ryan Joseph
. The 19-year-old joined the Reds from West Ham in January 2017 for £16.5 million shortly after making his first team debut.
At Liverpool, Joseph has won 10 medals in two and a half years, while also registering 38 league games for the club. His rise to prominence has not gone unnoticed and City will attempt to entice the England Under-21 international with offers of huge wages and first team football.