Liverpool looks set to spend a sizable chunk of the 75 million pounds received for Luis Suárez in coming days with the club thought to be closing in on several new signings. Looking to build a squad to cope with the demands of a return to the Champions League, Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic. But Suarez’ exit to Barcelona means there is a need to reinforce further in this summer’s transfer window.
Loic Rémy could well be the next signing through the door. Sky Sports reports the France forward has flown to meet with Liverpool in Boston to undergo a medical after a fee was agreed with the Queens Park Rangers. While it was widely believed Rémy had a release clause of around 8 million pounds, Sky Sports says that the fee could now rise to 11 million pounds.
Rémy scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances on loan at Newcastle United last season and, despite QPR’s return to the top flight, was always likely to depart on a permanent deal this summer. Arsenal had been strongly linked and Rémy was even spotted in the stands at the Emirates Stadium near the end of last season, but, instead, Liverpool won the chase.
He may soon be joined by Dejan Lovren. Looking to strengthen a defense that was an Achilles heel on occasions last season, Liverpool pursued the Croatia center-back throughout the summer, and already had a bid rejected by Southampton, much to the player’s chagrin. Leading Croatian publication Sportske Novosti reported a deal has been struck and Lovren will sign a four-year contract at Anfield. While the transfer fee reported is 20 million euros (16 million pounds), it is likely to at least rise to significantly more, given the bid Southampton previously rejected was said to amount to 20 million pounds.
The BBC reported 10 million pounds more will be spent to make young Belgian striker Divock Origi a Liverpool player. The 19-year-old’s raw pace and direct running impressed in his cameo appearances during this summer’s World Cup and Liverpool is now banking on him fulfilling his undoubted potential and turning into a future star. The deal struck with Lille means Origi will remain with the Ligue 1 side on loan for the coming season before moving to Liverpool.
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Brendan Rodgers’ side had also been linked to fellow young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, and have further need to strengthen their attacking options after Iago Aspas joined Sevilla on a season-long loan.
Reports have suggested Liverpool may also be bringing in a player in from Spain’s La Liga. Marca states Liverpool has already made an approach to Real Madrid for attacking midfielder Isco. The 22-year-old was one of Europe’s hottest prospects when Madrid fought off competition from Manchester City to secure his signature from Malaga last summer. But the arrival of Toni Kroos at the Bernabeu and an expected deal for Colombian sensation James Rodriguez means he is likely to be forced down the pecking order. Even without those new arrivals, Isco was mainly used off the bench when everyone was fit during the second half of last season. Marca -- a publication with close ties to Real Madrid -- says it believes Isco will assess his first-team prospects and options in the first few weeks of the season before the closing of the transfer at the end of August.