Liverpool‘s busy summer in the transfer market looks set to continue. Manager Brendan Rodgers has already brought in experienced defender Kolo Toure and has a deal for Spanish forward Iago Aspas ready to be finalised.
Now he has turned his attention towards attacking midfielders Christian Atsu and Luis Alberto.
Both players fit Liverpool’s new transfer policy of bringing quality young players to the club with the intention of training them to become stars rather than risk eight figure sums on players who may turn out not to be at the required standard.
Rodgers putting a quality young team together
Daniel Sturridge and Philip Coutinho are two examples of hungry young players who have thrived since being given the chance to shine at Anfield.
Cristian Atsu has had two successful years in Portugal and is thought to be ready to make the switch to the Premier League.
Atsu has a title medal and Champions League experience
The 21-year-old helped FC Porto to the league title last season and also gained eight games Champions league experience before his club was eliminated by Manuel Pellegrini’s Malaga.
Atsu has already been capped 16 times by his country and is tipped to have a big future in the game. He only has one year to run on his contract and is unwilling to sign a new deal. According to the Guardian Liverpool may be able to sign him for as little as £3m.
Barcelona turned down chance to sign Alberto
Meanwhile the Independent report that Rodgers is also looking to bring Alberto to Merseyside. The 20-year-old is on Sevilla’s books but spent last season playing for Barcelona B. he had an impressive spell with the Catalans and scored 11 goals in 38 games.
However, Barcelona have turned down the opportunity to sign the Spanish Under 21 player on a permanent basis which means he could be available to Liverpool for around £6m.
Carroll looks certain to join West ham
Rodgers has still not given up hope of signing 24-year-old Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, it could be a struggle as the midfielder will cost around £22m and has also attracted the attention of Juventus and Monaco.
Liverpool are hoping to raise funds by offloading Andy Carroll to West Ham. A fee of £15m has been agreed between the two clubs, Carroll has passed his medical and the only stumbling block seems to be the strikers £100k per week wage demands according to the Independent.