Liverpool have reportedly completed the sale of striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and the Reds have wasted no time to shift gears and spend the £75 million haul.
After three years highlighted by 69 goals in 110 appearances and plenty of drama around his wanting to leave Anfield prematurely, along with a problem biting opponents, the Reds were evidently tired of carrying Suarez’s baggage.
Liverpool missed out on striker Alexis Sanchez, who was originally supposed to serve as Suarez’s replacement but preferred to play for rival Arsenal instead.
With Sanchez now off the market, the Reds and manager Brendan Rodgers are focusing their efforts on plucking talented attackers and defenders within the English Premier League.
First up on the agenda, and likely the most expensive acquisition, is Swansea striker Wilfried Bony. According to TalkSport, the Welsh club is seeking a £20 million fee for the 25-year-old Ivory Coast star who netted 16 goals in his first Premier League season, including his stoic performance in Swansea’s comeback draw against the Reds that soured their chances for the title.
Tottenham have been on Bony’s trail from the start of the transfer session, but Liverpool are flush with enough funds to cover Swansea’s reported asking price. Swansea spent a club-record £12 million to acquire Bony from Vitesse Arnhem last summer, and stand to make a hefty profit on their investment in short time.
Liverpool are also in contention with Tottenham for the services of Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, as reported by The Express. The Blues have already rejected Rodgers' bid of £6 million, and are demanding a minimum of £8 million for the 24-year-old, who’s been sent on-loan six times in his career shutting between the Championship and the EPL.
Totaling one goal in his career, Bertrand is a true defender capable of playing all along the backline, especially for a Reds squad in need of youth with Kolo Toure, 33, and Daniel Agger, 29, and Glen Johnson, 29, showing signs of age.
A slightly more expensive option is Swansea left-back Ben Davies, who’s been valued at £10 million, according to Daily Telegraph. Davies spent his youth career with Swansea and rose through the ranks to the senior team in 2012. He’s scored three goals in 71 appearances, and is under contract until 2017.