Angry and confused are the two moods that can best describe Liverpool officials these days.
While trying to round out the Anfield side during the summer transfer session, Liverpool heard reports that superstar Luis Suarez had reached an agreement to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The story was published by Spanish newspaper Marca, and it was the first time the Reds had even heard of the deal, according to the Telegraph. Liverpool haven’t even received a transfer request from Madrid, and have actually been trying to keep Suarez.
The 26-year-old Uruguayan striker reportedly wants out of England, and is open to an extended stay in Spain. However if he or his agents have entered into some kind of agreement with Madrid, he may have breached his contract with Liverpool.
Suarez is under contract until 2018, and is currently valued at roughly £31 million. He was second in the Premier League with 23 goals this season, but was also suspended for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during a match.
The issues surrounding Suarez aside, Liverpool does have other top players on their radar this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho is considering a move to the Reds as he squabbles with Ligue 1 champions over a new contract, as reported by The Express. Sakho wants more playing time, and could secure a spot on the Liverpool backline should Martin Skrtel or Sebastian Coates leave.
PSG will fight to keep the French native and have already offered him a two-year contract, complete with a pay increase, according to the Express. Including his youth career, Sakho has never left Paris, and has made 151 appearances since 2007. He could cost upwards of £13 million.
The Merseyside are also in pursuit of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu, according to The Times. They are reportedly convinced the 19-year-old will welcome a switch due to his friendship with former teammate Luis Alberto.
Liverpool were also given a deadline if they want to complete a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Ukrainian club has demanded £25 million for Mkhitaryan, but Liverpool also have to worry about Borussia Dortmund’s apparent interest in the player, according to The Sun.
The club could raise some of those funds by adhering to Swansea’s offer for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. The Daily Mirror reported the Swans have already spoken to Reds manager Brendan Rogers about a £5 million fee for the 21-year-old.