Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18

Matt LadsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18

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    Liverpool kicked off their Premier League campaign with a win on Sunday at home to Southampton. They now have a full week to prepare for their trip to Manchester City next Monday.

    That means there will be plenty of speculation linking manager Brendan Rodgers with last-minute recruits as he looks to finalise his squad for the campaign and the club's return to the Champions League next month.

    Having completed eight signings this summer, Rodgers still craves at least one more addition.

    As quoted by Sky Sports, the Reds boss told reporters last week of his desire to sign a forward:

    I do still think we need another striker. It is something that we will look at but that will depend on the availability of one. Sunday was about winning and we got there.

    So we will search for that through to the end of the window but you see the players, the quality that we have.

    Therefore, expect plenty of strikers to be linked with Liverpool over these final weeks/days of the transfer window.

    Here are the latest LFC transfer reports. 

     

    --Last Updated: Friday, 22nd August--

Reds Seek Assurances over Balotelli's Behavour

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    Liverpool want assurances of Mario Balotelli's attitude to be included in the Italian forward's contract, according to The Guardian's Andy Hunter.

    Hunter writes that:

    Liverpool have the deal in place with Milan and are at an advanced stage in negotiations with Raiola but have to clarify several matters with Balotelli before completing the stunning transfer. Personal terms are one issue, with the forward seeking £160,000-a-week but likely to be offered less by Liverpool. A more pressing concern for Rodgers is protecting the club against any errant behaviour on Balotelli’s part and ensuring the player can work to his standards at Melwood.

    The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce explains that Balotelli won't be able to make his Liverpool debut against his former club Manchester City on Monday as his move won't be completed by the noon Friday deadline.

Balotelli Interest Confirmed

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    Liverpool's interest in Mario Balotelli is confirmed in several of the UK newspapers on Thursday, with talks between Liverpool and AC Milan reported to have begun over a permanent move after the Italian club turned down a loan bid.

    The Telegraph‘s John Percy writes:

    "Balotelli’s club, AC Milan, are understood to have been made aware of Liverpool’s interest via a third party and the striker is now emerging as an alternative target after the Merseyside club grew frustrated in their ambitious pursuit of Radamel Falcao."

     

    Thursday's Telegraph Sport front page - "Liverpool target mad Mario" #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #LFC pic.twitter.com/2xxBdjPpO5

    — Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) August 20, 2014

But Falcao Remains Liverpool's Preferred Choice

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    While Liverpool have opened talks of Mario Balotelli, their preference is still Monaco's Radamel Falcao, as per John Percy of The Telegraph.

    The Liverpool Echo write that Liverpool "haven’t been put off by talk of a £12million loan fee. But the Colombian frontman still favours a move to Real Madrid."

    Falcao, though, prefers a move to Real Madrid—as per Rob Draper of The Mail on Sunday. The Spanish club need to sell a non-EU player in order to bring in Falcao, which means the situation could drag until Angel Di Maria's future is resolved.

Balotelli Interest Denied

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    AC Milan vice-president Adrian Galliani has denied earlier reports suggesting that Liverpool have lodged a bid for striker Mario Balotelli.

    "At the moment there is no offer that has been received from Liverpool for Balotelli, so there is no negotiation", Galliani told ANSA (via Inside Futbol).

    Earlier, Sportsmediaset had claimed a €22 million (£17.5 million) for the Italian forward from Liverpool.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers had denied reports linking Liverpool with the former Man City striker last month, quotes via The Guardian:

    “I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool.

    “He is a wonderful player, but he is an AC Milan player. I just gave my opinion of him, but doesn’t mean I will be signing him.”

    Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce had previously said there was more chance of assistant boss Colin Pascoe playing for the club:


Agger to Atletico

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    Out of favour centre-back Daniel Agger could be offered an escape route from Spanish side Atletico Madrid, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    Agger has fallen well behind in Rodgers' centre-back options following the arrivals of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren in the last year.

    Reports earlier this month suggested that Agger has requested a move from the club after accepting his place in the squad.

Falcao Loan Possibility

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    The one name that Liverpool fans would love to see arrive at Anfield is that of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.

    The 28-year-old has been linked again by Simon Rice of The Independent with a possible loan move to Liverpool if Real Madrid don't pay Monaco's asking price, with the French side "sympathetic" to the player's desire to leave the club.

    Similarly, Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express writes:

    While Monaco still fully expect Falcao to make a permanent move to Real next summer they would reportedly consider loaning him out to another club – including Liverpool – for the time being.

    It is thought that Falcao wants £200,000-a-week to consider a move and that could force Liverpool to look elsewhere. 

Ezequiel Lavezzi Linked

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    Another potential forward option is PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to Bruce Archer of the Daily Star.

    They claim the Argentina international would cost around £20 million, with the French club needing to sell a big player in order to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. 

Tiago Ilori Heading to Bordeaux

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    Portuguese centre-back Tiago Ilori will join French side Bordeaux on loan, according to Alan Nixon of The Sunday People.

    The 21-year-old was signed from Sporting Lisbon last summer and spent the end of last season at Granada in La Liga. He missed the club's pre-season tour this summer due to injury.

    Ilori was spotted at Bordeaux's game against Monaco at the weekend.

    Tiago Ilori will join French club Bordeaux on a season long loan. He was present during their match vs Monaco.#lfc pic.twitter.com/5EWt46GNsU

    — Total LFC (@TheTotalLFC) August 18, 2014

    Update: This move has now been confirmed.

Fabio Borini to Sunderland D-Day

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    Chris Young of the Sunderland Echo reports that the Black Cats' pursuit of striker Fabio Borini will reach a decision on Monday.

    While Liverpool accepted a bid worth up to £14 million for the Italian three weeks ago, before the U.S. tour, the Echo write that "there is more to the hold-up than simply Liverpool waiting to sign another striker before they rubber-stamp Borini’s departure."

    They also claim that a second season loan is a possibility.