Totaling an incredible 17 goals in 11 matches this season, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has outscored 10 Premier League squads.
Otherworldly form like Suarez’s doesn’t come around often, and the Reds have reportedly re-opened negotiations with the Uruguayan in the hopes of keeping him in Merseyside. ESPN reported on Wednesday that managing director Ian Ayre traveled to Barcelona to speak with Suarez’s agent Pere Guardiola.
The Reds have plenty of cause to worry about a Suarez departure, including ceaseless rumors dating back to last summer of an impending switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid, or rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
Suarez is under contract until 2016, but it’s believed he won’t stick around Anfield if Liverpool fail to qualify for Champions League. The timing of the new negotiation couldn’t be better for Ayre, with the Reds a mere two points back of Arsenal for first-place as the calendar turns.
Perhaps in a play for some much-needed leverage in negotiations, Ayre may also have put word out regarding Liverpool’s interest in Olympiacos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.
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As reported by Daily Star, both Liverpool and Arsenal are following Mitroglou’s stellar play in Super League, totaling 14 goals in 10 matches this season. The 25-year-old also chipped in three goals in international play for Greece’s first team.
Liverpool would likely have to foot a £7.5 million transfer bill for Mitroglou, but Olympiacos manager Jose Miguel was quoted by the Star as saying he understands his top man might have to move on if the club continues their success.
The Reds are also challenging Arsenal and a number of other top EPL teams for TSG Hoffenheim striker Kevin Volland, dubbed the “hottest young property” in Germany, according to Daily Mirror. The 21-year-old has ripped off seven goals in 15 matches this season, and the Mirror suggested if his progression continues Volland could earn a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad next summer.
Unfortunately for all interested clubs, Volland has been tagged with a £12 million valuation, and is already under contract until 2017.
That’s the exact fee the Reds have reportedly put aside for Basel midfielder Mohamed Salah, the player who’s earned the moniker “Egyptian Messi,” according to Daily Mail. Boss Brendan Rodgers traveled to Germany to watch Salah take on Schalke in Champions League play last week.
After failing to reach the Round of 16, Basel are apparently open to selling off their top player, but are seeking a fee in the neighborhood closer to £15 million. Since joining the Swiss squad in 2012, Salah’s tallied nine goals in 47 appearances, but his international play has been even better.
In 2011, he was promoted to Egypt’s first team, and he’s recorded 17 goals in 27 matches.
Liverpool may also do more business with Napoli after loaning out goalkeeper Pepe Reina last summer. Manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly interested in bringing on defender Daniel Agger, according to Daily Mail.
A nasty injury sidelined Agger, and he has missed significant playing time, making just nine total appearances this season. Agger played under Benitez for four seasons, and the manager was the first to welcome the now 29-year-old to the Premier League.
The Dane hasn’t expressed anger with his unfamiliar spot on the bench, but Napoli’s opportunities to play might be too alluring.
“Competition is what this club has been about and should always be and that is a good thing because we want to win something,” Agger said to the Mirror a month ago. “I'm not the type of player who needs an explanation, I just carry on with my thing and try to do everything to get back into the team.
“It's been a bit longer than I hoped for but when you get the chance you need to do everything to keep your place.”