Liverpool have already been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market this summer, but manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he hopes to make at least another two signings. Four players have arrived to strengthen the squad almost across the board in the shape of Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas. But Rodgers believes more strengthening is needed if the club is to return to the top four.
"I still think another attacking, creative player, and depending on what goes out of the club -- because naturally there might be one or two players who need to go out and play more -- then we'll need to fill those areas that have been vacated,” he told LFCTV.
"Certainly another attacking player will really benefit us, and probably another defender. We'll see how it develops over the course of the next few months."
Rodgers’ description of an “attacking, creative player” may well refer to his pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The attacking midfielder finished as the Ukrainian league’s top scorer last season with 25 goals and has been strongly linked with a £25 million move to Anfield.
However, there is strong competition for the 24-year-old’s signature from last season’s Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund. Yet, while Goal.com reports that Dortmund are now leading the chase. Sky Germany reporter Patrick Wasserziehr claims that the German side have dropped out of the running. It is thought that Shakhtar’s asking price is a stumbling block and it could well test Liverpool’s determination to land the Armenia international.
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It is widely believed that one of the defenders Rodgers has targeted is his former stalwart at Swansea City Ashley Williams. Both Arsenal and the Reds have been strongly linked, but the Welsh club’s £10 million valuation for their captain appears to be deterring suitors. One man that thinks that asking price is completely appropriate is Williams’ teammate Ben Davies.
“A price of £10million for Ash is completely justified when you see some of the money being spent, especially on foreign players who are unproven in the Premier League,” he said, according to the Daily Mirror. “That would be a fair price but it would still be a massive loss for us.”
Also reportedly under consideration is Paris Saint-Germain’s Mamadou Sakho. The France international has fallen down the pecking order since the Ligue 1 side’s massive recruitment drive and he is keen for regular first-team action.
"I have to make a decision,” the 23-year-old center back said, according to Sky Sports. “PSG are my club. I was born here and learnt my football here. I want to play for this club my entire life but it has to be clear that I don't want to sit on the bench. There is an offer on the table. With a new manager (Laurent Blanc), I can talk and see what he thinks. I am flattered to be linked with clubs of the history of Liverpool and AC Milan. We will see what happens in the near future."
Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to miss out on the signing of Lucas Digne, with the young Lille left-back set to sign for big-spending Monaco, according to French sports daily L’Equipe. Digne is currently at the Under-20 World Cup and has also previously been linked with Manchester United.