With a Champions League berth nearly clinched and a run for the Premier League title coming down to the final third of the season, it’s safe to assume Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers have plenty to keep them busy this spring.
However, the Reds appear focused not only on winning this season, but creating a lasting core that will contend for years to come. To do so, Liverpool will have to be very active in his summer’s transfer session, and their list of desired players continues to grow by the day.
The most recent transfer speculation comes from a report by Daily Star, which indicated Liverpool have carefully watched the progress of 24-year-old Valencia central midfielder Daniel Parejo.
Though Valencia remains stuck in ninth place on the La Liga table, the Spanish has performed well in his 19 appearances, netting two goals and three assists this season. The Reds have reportedly been in the market for both a long-term replacement for living-legend Steven Gerrard and a move to ship under-performing Joe Allen elsewhere.
Parejo could fill both scenarios well, but will cost the Reds upwards of £8.8 million. Parejo has played in England before, a brief 14 appearance stint with Queens Park Rangers back in 2008.
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Another long-term plan for Liverpool’s future begins with 16-year-old Marseille forward Maxime Lopez, the French club’s top rated prospect who has already spoken to Rodgers and his staff, according to Daily Mail.
Rodgers reportedly conveyed to Lopez how quickly the Reds advance young players to the first team, a veiled promised that could be enough to entice the youngster. Marseille is very concerned that attention from Liverpool, as well as Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal, will be too much for Lopez to turn down once he turns 17 later this year.
In other news, it appears AC Milan is intent on outbidding Liverpool for Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, a 27-year-old Costa Rican who’s been on Rodgers's radar for quite some time. According to TalkSport, the Italian side is seeking an infusion of youth in net, and Navas has emerged as one of the best keepers in Spain this season, posting an incredible 106 saves and 11 clean sheets in 25 matches.