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Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Simon Mignolet Would Be Solid Addition for Reds

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

Belgian international and Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet has been one of the hottest names on the transfer market, and the 25-year-old has been tipped for a move to a bigger club this summer.

According to Sky Sports, Liverpool may end up being that bigger club:

Sky Sports sources understand Liverpool are holding talks over a potential £9 million deal for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

It is believed the Belgium international will not sign a new contract at the Stadium of Light and wants to leave in order to boost his 2014 World Cup ambitions.

Liverpool could be in need of a goalkeeper given that speculation continues to link their current No.1, Jose Reina, with Barcelona.

The Reds have already had a busy summer, as Luis Suarez has publicly expressed his desire to leave the club while Iago Aspas of Celta Vigo appears headed to Anfield. Adding Mignolet would be a second solid addition. 

Still, some folks may question splashing nearly £10 million on a keeper, especially if Reina does remain at Anfield.

Of course, if Suarez is sold, Liverpool will be able to afford to spend that amount of money on Mignolet. The club will also be able to make many improvements across the pitch, including at striker to replace Suarez, adding another threatening winger and bolstering the defense. 

And Liverpool won't be without a fight in their pursuit of Mignolet. Sunderland are sure to do whatever they can to keep the player, while Matthew Morlidge of the Daily Mail has reported Arsenal are interested in adding the Belgian keeper. 

There's no question Liverpool needs to upgrade defensively, and while Reina is still a quality keeper, bringing in some younger blood at the position makes sense. The Reds gave up 43 goals last season, tying them for fifth best with Manchester United, but gave up a more telling 27 away tallies.  

And seeing as the man who accounted for 23 of their 71 goals this season could be off to Real Madrid, ensuring that both the back line and keeper are stable and in elite form will be a major theme for this season. 

Mignolet helped Sunderland hold opponents to 54 goals last season, putting them 10th in the league (the issue for the club was scoring, as it managed just 41 goals on the year). He's a solid keeper who would man the position for the team for many years to come. 

If Reina stays, perhaps Mignolet would be considered a luxury. But seeing as Reina seems likely to depart, adding the Belgian international in his place makes a ton of sense.

 

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