Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he is still looking to add to his attacking options in this summer’s transfer window. Rodgers continues to state that he expects Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield, but despite that and the Reds having already signed attackers Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto from Spain earlier in the close season, Rodgers believes more is still needed.
“We probably need a bit more support -- that extra bit of quality -- at the top end of the field and that's something we'll look out for,” he said, according to Sky Sports.
One player said to be in the Liverpool manager’s sights is Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. The Spain international, who took part in the Confederations Cup this summer, is also thought to be interesting Tottenham. The player has a potentially prohibitive release clause of €30 million (£25.8m), but Spanish sports daily Marca reports that Valencia could be prepared to negotiate that fee as long as a deal gets done quickly, before August 3, so the La Liga side has time to bring in a replacement.
"The message we have to give is that we need tranquility,” Valencia president Amaedo Salvo told Speyer. "If Soldado leaves in the near future, near to the end of the transfer window, we will have to find a replacement."
Liverpool may also be presented with another option from Spain. With Real Madrid believed to remain keen on Suarez, The Sun believes that the Spanish giants could offer Gonzalo Higuain as well as £20 million to land the Uruguayan. Higuain made his intention to leave the Bernabeu clear earlier in the summer and, despite new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s claims that he wants him to stay, his exit still looks likely.
Arsenal’s interest is well known, but they have been unable to agree on a fee and Napoli have now emerged as frontrunners with their willingness to pay €37 million (£31.8m), according to Spanish publication AS. That figure makes the story of Madrid offering £20 million plus Higuain even more far-fetched, while it is hard to envisage the player turning his back on suitors that can offer Champions League competition for one, in Liverpool, which cannot.
As well as improving his side’s ability going forward, Rodgers has also revealed that he wants to bring in cover for Jose Enrique at left-back. And The Observer reports that Ryan Bertrand was a leading target but that Chelsea have rejected an inquiry for the 23-year-old. Bertrand, who has won two caps for England, is an understudy to Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge but has insisted that he wants to stay at Chelsea and force his way into the side on a permanent basis.
"I want to be Chelsea's No.1 left-back, and when that time comes it will happen," he said. "All I can do is be ready and keep playing, keep biding my time. I'm thinking of nothing else. I am just focusing on being No1, concentrating on progression in the games I get, and I've managed to do so in recent years.”