Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 24

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 24

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    Liverpool continue to set the Premier League alight with their electric brand of football, with the latest example of it coming on Saturday at Cardiff City.

    A sixth straight victory was achieved with a typically crazy 6-3 score, and with Champions League football now virtually secured for next season, supporters are wondering just where their team will go from here.

    To the league title, they'll hope, but what about the Reds team we'll be seeing in 2014/15?

    Incomings and outgoings are sure to be seen at the club between now and then.

    With that in mind, what are latest transfer rumours surrounding the club this week?

    We'll keep an eye on them all here, so you don't have to.

    Last updated Friday March 28

Shock Ashley Cole Move on the Cards?

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    The Daily Star claimed an exclusive on Friday, when they reported that Liverpool are keen to bring Ashley Cole to Merseyside on a free transfer.

    The 33-year-old England left-back looks to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge after falling down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, and Brendan Rodgers could be keen to bring in an experienced player in a position in which the Reds have struggled for numbers this season.


Antonio Barragan to Make Shock Anfield Return?

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    talkSPORT claim that Liverpool could be set for a shock move to bring back their former youngster Antonio Barragan who has impressed in his native Spain with Valencia.

    Barragan joined the Reds from Sevilla in 2005, and became the youngest foreign player to ever make his debut for the club when he played in a Champions League qualifier against CSKA Sofia that summer.

    However, that remained his only appearance for the Reds until he returned to Spain a year after he arrived.

    He has had spells with Deportivo, Valladolid and now Valencia, where he has developed the attacking side of his game in the last couple of seasons. 

Jeremy Menez Available on a Free Transfer in Summer

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    French international Jeremy Menez has confirmed that he'll leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer, with Sky Sports reporting that Liverpool and Arsenal will make a move for the 26-year-old.

    However Menez, formerly of Roma has indicated a willingness to return to Serie A, saying:

    I had a great time in Rome. I already speak the language. I know Serie A, I know everything about it. The adaptation would be easy.

    I am looking for a team that would make me rediscover the pleasure of playing football.

    As for my character, I've changed. The rebellious image is a thing of the past. I am 26 years old and have a family which makes me calm. I'm more mature, and I can prove it on the field.

Dinamo Moscow's Balazs Dzsudzsak Linked with Summer Switch

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    The Daily Express claim that Liverpool are ahead of Everton in a battle to sign the Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak for £12million in the summer.

    It would be a surprise to see the Reds spend so much on a 27-year-old, but the paper's Ben Jefferson claims that Dzsudzsak is seen as an alternative to Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is now a target for Tottenham.


Reds in for Manchester United Target Ander Herrera

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    The Liverpool Echo highlight a report from Spanish publication Fichajes claiming that Liverpool see Manchester United target Ander Herrera as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard.

    Athletic Bilbao's Herrera was close to a move to Old Trafford in the summer, whilst his buyout clause is set to rise from 36million euros to 40million euros in June. 

Glen Johnson Contract Saga to Finally Be Resolved?

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    Brendan Rodgers has finally admitted for the first time that a new contract for full-back Glen Johnson is one of the club's priorities this summer.

    Johnson has returned to the team in fine form in recent weeks after shaking off an long-standing ankle problem, but the fact that he has only one year to run on his present deal has been an issue of concern amongst Reds fans.

    However speaking to the Liverpool Echo before the match against Sunderland, Rodgers said:

    We want to keep Glen here.

    There is no question about that, especially now he’s in this form. He’s 29 and we feel that he has still got good years ahead of him.

    No contracts will be looked at until the summer but his will be a priority for us, especially if he continues in the form that he’s in.

Fabio Borini to Be Part of the Plans Next Season?

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    Rodgers has also been discussing the future of Fabio Borini, the Reds forward who is on loan at Sunderland and therefore unable to face his parent club on Wednesday night.

    The Italian has impressed on Wearside and become something of a fans' favourite at the The Stadium of Light, and with Liverpool likely to be facing extra matches next season following the likely qualification for the Champions League, Rodgers is keen to keep the forward at the club:

    He told the official Liverpool website:

    Fabio went out to get games, go on loan and play more regularly than he was playing here.

    He has done that and showed with some of the goals he has scored - particularly against the big teams - the qualities that he has. The goal he scored in the Capital One Cup final was a fantastic goal.

    He has gone away to get experience of playing. Fabio will come back in the summer and he will be better for having played that season. And we'll review it from there.

Reds and Blues to Be Offered M'Vila Move?

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    According to talkSPORT, both Liverpool and Everton will be offered the chance to sign France international midfielder Yann M'Vila in the summer.

    In order to focus on developing young Russian talents, M'Vila's current club, Rubin Kazan, have decided to make their foreign stars available for transfer.

    After the 23-year-old friend of Reds defender Mamadou Sakho was spotted watching the Merseyside derby with Liverpool fans at Goodison Park in November, the radio station's website claim that he would be keen on a move. 

Musacchio to Move to Anfield on a Free Transfer?

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    Brendan Rodgers has lined up 23-year-old Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio for a free transfer to the Reds in the summer, according to talkSPORT.

    The Argentine is out of contract at the end of the season, but the website claims that Liverpool may face competition from Barcelona for the services of the former River Plate man.