The pursuit of Luis Suarez’s replacement is the final piece of manager Brendan Rodger’s puzzle for Liverpool this summer, with top names like Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani linked to the Anfield. Those two superstars might be just out of the Reds reach, given how expensive their transfer fee and wages would reach, along with Falcao's desire to play for Real Madrid. How much Rodgers has left to spend could also be an issue, with much of Suarez’s £75 million haul dispersed among the seven signatures he’s already secured since June.
Thus a more cost-effective signing might come in the form of former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o. The Guardian reports the 33-year-old Cameroonian, now a free agent after earning roughly £7 million at Stamford Bridge last term, has not received an offer from Merseyside but he is a “possible target.” After missing out on Loic Remy, and the Reds selling off Fabio Borini to Sunderland for £14 million, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert are the only suitably strikers on the squad, leaving Rodgers with little depth should even the slightest injury occur.
Used rather sparingly during his run with the Blues last year, Eto’o scored nine goals in 21 appearances. While he might not be the same top-flight scorer he was in Spain or in Italy with Inter Milan, Eto’o’s Champions League experience is enough reason for Rodgers to sign him. He’s played in three UCL finals and helped Barcelona and Inter claim Europe’s most coveted title. And Liverpool’s spending spree this summer can be directly attributed to a desired deep run in Champions League.
Rodgers will likely make a decision on Eto’o within the next two weeks, but much of his attention lies squarely on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus. According to The Express, Liverpool, along with Arsenal, Manchester United and reigning La Liga champs Atletico Madrid are all vying for the German’s services. Bayern Munich were believed to be in contention, but Dortmund has evidently refused to sell another player off to their Bundesliga rivals after losing Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski. Though they’ve publicly stated Reus is part of their long-term future, Dortmund could let Reus go for £20 million. Madrid could be out of the question, with Reus keener to play in England, the report states.
The attack might still need some tinkering, but Rodgers must also find a way to make room for new defenders Javier Manquillo and Dejan Lovren. And it could come at the expense of two veteran backline mates. Defender Kolo Toure will be sent off to Turkish outfit Trabzonspor for £1.5 million, Daily Mail reports. The 33-year-old was apparently offered a two-year contract worth £40,000 a week, but hasn’t made up his mind yet with one year left on his current deal. The former Arsenal and Manchester City star only made 20 appearances for Liverpool last season. He’s the oldest defender on the Reds backline, and Toure’s departure could be the beginning of a youth movement.
According to Express, Daniel Agger could be the next defender shipped out of Merseyside. The 29-year-old center back could miss out on a ton of playing time this term with Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho all in competition. Arsenal are apparently first on Agger’s list, as the Gunners try to fill the void left by Thomas Vermaelen’s transfer to Barcelona for £15 million last week. Since switching over from Brondby in 2006, Agger’s made 175 appearances and scored nine goals for the Reds while totaling 64 caps and 11 goals for Denmark’s senior team.