Ajax have denied reports that a deal is already in place to transfer their midfielder Christian Eriksen to Liverpool.
Eriksen, 21, has been linked with many of Europe’s top clubs for several seasons. There has been increasing speculation that the Denmark international will leave the Dutch club this summer, with Liverpool said to be poised to complete a deal.
But Ajax press manager Eefje Schep has denied that a transfer is already done.
“We will send out a press release when there is an agreement, even if the agreement is just between the clubs,” she said, according to ESPN. “At the moment, there is no agreement between Ajax and Liverpool."
Schep, though, did not deny that negotiations were taking place.
“Whether we are negotiating or otherwise, we do not comment on transfer rumors,” she added. “Right now Christian Eriksen is focused on the end of the season and the very important games we still have to play." What is clear, though, is that Eriksen has no intention of signing a new contract as he seeks pastures new this summer.
"Christian has informed us that he won't be signing a new deal with us at this time," Ajax technical director Marc Overmars said. "I think that he and his agent will want to see what options are available in the summer."
There also continues to be reports linking Liverpool with a new goalkeeper, despite manager Brendan Rodgers having stated that he wants current No. 1 Pepe Reina to remain at the club.
The Spaniard’s drop in form, highlighted by several high-profile errors, has seen stories emerge suggesting that Rodgers is seeking a replacement. In the latest rumor, the Sun claims that Liverpool are one of four clubs after Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be pursuing the Bosnian, whose future was further called into question when Stoke signed, then loaned back, young England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City in January. Begovic is rated at £15 million, reports the Sun.
Meanwhile, Liverpool may well have been alerted by attacking midfielder Marco Rojas’s revelation that he will leave Melbourne Victory to sign for a European club for next season.
The 21-year-old New Zealand international is on the radar of a number of European clubs, including Liverpool, according to Sky Sports. The reigning A-League Player of the Year did not reveal any more details on his next location, but is ecstatic at the prospect of testing himself in Europe.
"It's every footballer's dream to play in Europe and I'm over-the-moon to be able to say I'm about to live that dream very soon," Rojas said, according to Sky Sports.
As much as Liverpool will be looking to invest in their squad this summer, that could be undermined if the club were to lose star forward Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been the source of continuing speculation suggesting that he could be tempted by a move to a club in the Champions League.
However, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has reiterated that the Reds have no intention of losing the 26-year-old.
“To play at the highest level in the Premier League and European soccer, you need players like Luis and Steven Gerrard on your team,” he told Sports Illustrated. “So the last thing in our mind is selling Luis Suarez. He's not for sale. It's not something we're interested in.”
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