Liverpool have been very busy in the transfer market already this summer, securing deals for three Southampton players, Rickie Lambert for £4million, Adam Lallana for £23million, and Dejan Lovren for £20million. We have also brought in 2 rising stars of the game in Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen for £10million and Lazar Markovic from Benfica for £20million. Add to that young forward Divock Origi from Lille, who is being loaned back, for £10m aswell and it takes the spending bill close to £90m.
Now this may seem a lot, but the reds have recouped £75million of that from the sale of Luis Suarez, and with the club getting extra revenue last season from their final League position, TV money and Champions League qualification, a net spend so far of in the region of £15million should leave plenty of money still in the pot to further bolster the squad for the coming season.
However, I must stress that fans have to be aware that wage packages are also factored in to what we spend, and by signing six new players their wages will amount to more than what we were paying Luis Suarez, especially considering the length of these contracts. Couple this with new deals on the horizon for many of the current players, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson set to pen their names to extensions.
It was disappointing that a deal for Loic Remy fell through, whether it was his knee, heart or financial demands it remains unclear, but its back to the drawing board now for the club as we do appear to be a bit light in the striking department. We also need a left back and the two names constantly linked are Ryan Bertrand, however we were rebuffed in our attempts to sign him with Chelsea reluctant to sell to a rival club and he has since been loaned out to Southampton, and Alberto Moreno. It seems like there has finally been a breakthrough for the latter.
Regarding a right back, its been well documented that we are in advanced negotiations with Atletico Madrid for youngster Javier Manquillo, with a view to a two year loan deal and this deal could also be close to being completed soon. We’re also on the look out for another goalkeeper, someone who can apply pressure on Simon Mignolet, as it appears Pepe Reina’s days are numbered at Liverpool, and Brad Jones is not deemed enough competition for the Belgian.
I fully expect us to dip into the transfer market for more players between now and the end of August, and I’d imagine three or four more will be brought into the football club.