Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played down talk of Wesley Sneijder moving to Anfield, despite reports that they remain interested in the Netherlands international.
Sneijder, 28, currently has an offer on the table from Galatasaray, with a €7.5 million (£6.2m) bid accepted by Internazionale. According to the Daily Telegraph, the player’s representatives have informed Liverpool that Sneijder is still seeking a move to the Premier League.
However, if he is to become a viable option for Liverpool, it is believed that he will have to lower his salary demands below the €5.5 million (£4.6m) a year deal that has been agreed with Galatasaray. Certainly Rodgers suggested a deal was unlikely for a player that would fall outside of Liverpool’s strategy of signing young players with a potential sell-on value.
“I couldn't see that happening. Daniel [Sturridge] was our main priority so we'll see what else is available,” Rodgers explained, according to the Guardian.
Sneijder would also, in theory, not be an ideal fit for Rodgers’ high-pressing style. Yet, if he were to be available for a reasonable financial outlay, it would surely be a huge temptation for Liverpool, and a number of Premier League clubs, to bring in a player who has been among the world’s finest.
Another big transfer story has also developed in the past 24 hours with Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes revealing that he will not be extending his contract, which is set to expire in the summer of 2014. Liverpool have repeatedly been linked to the 31-year-old.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta revealed how events transpired.
“We were holding the first meeting to initiate the process for renewing Víctor’s contract,” he explained to Barcelona’s official website. “The meeting began with us expressing the club’s desire to extend his contract, because we consider him to be a top class goalkeeper.
“But before we could make any proposal or discuss anything, his agent said the decision was already made and meditated, and that he will not be staying any later than June 30, 2014. It is an irrevocable decision.”
While Valdes still has 18 months remaining on his contract, it is possible that both he and the club may decide that an amicable parting of ways will be better this summer.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to have his doubts about current No. 1 Pepe Reina amid reports that he has already considered potential replacements. Valdes would surely be an ideal signing, given that his ability with his feet would be a perfect fit in Rodgers’ possession-based approach.
Meanwhile, it is being reported that Liverpool’s Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates could move to West Brom on loan, with a view to a permanent deal.
Coates, 22, arrived at Anfield in a £4.9 million deal in August 2011 but has failed to establish himself in the Liverpool first team.
Earlier this month, Rodgers said that Coates’ situation presented him with a quandary.
“It has been difficult because he’s a real good guy,” Rodgers said, according to the Liverpool Echo.
“It has been difficult for him to get games and the best thing for Sebastian would be to go out and get his games.
“But that might not be the best thing for the club. I have got to protect the club, that is my job as manager. We certainly won’t be left short but I feel for the guy.”
Liverpool have missed out on a potential replacement for Coates, with Vegard Forren having completed his move to Southampton on Friday. The former Molde center-back, 24, was reportedly set to have a trial with Liverpool earlier this week.