Liverpool is still finding its feet this season after a massive summer of upheaval within its squad, but speculation suggests that more transfers could soon be on the way. Brendan Rodgers’ men currently sit a disappointing ninth in the Premier League, after taking just 10 points from their opening seven matches. Given that the team’s defensive problems have continued and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has earned significant criticism, strong reports indicate that Liverpool is poised to sign free agent Víctor Valdés. The status of a deal remains uncertain, however, after the former Barcelona stopper’s agent denied reports that his client had turned down a trial with the Reds.
Valdés, 32, has been out of contract since leaving the Camp Nou in the summer. He had been expected to join Monaco, but an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee suffered in March is thought to have ended any chance of that move transpiring. A deal with Liverpool would appear to suit all parties, with Valdés getting a chance to continue to play for a Champions League club, although he wouldn’t be eligible until after the group stage, while also experiencing life in another country. Liverpool, meanwhile, could do with a goalkeeper of his experience and authority at the top level as well as one as adept with the ball at his feet.
Speculation was that Liverpool had requested Valdés train with the team for a few days so that he could prove his fitness and that the Spain international had rejected the offer. His representative, though, quickly denied those claims.
“Liverpool have not offered us the chance to train with them for four days,” Ginés Carvajal told Spanish publication Sport. “And we have not rejected the offer, because it is false [the offer].”
While the defense has struggled, going forward Liverpool has also found difficulty following the exit of Luis Suárez and an injury to Daniel Sturridge. Rickie Lambert has yet to find the net for his new club while fellow summer arrival Mario Balotelli has scored just once. It is perhaps not surprising then that Liverpool continues to be linked with forward talent.
The name of Edinson Cavani has been frequently mentioned in connection with a possible transfer to Anfield in recent months, as it has with several Premier League clubs. There has been plenty of talk that Cavani is unhappy at having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimović at Paris Saint-Germain and play out wide. Spanish website Fichajes.net reports that Cavani would consider a move in the January transfer window, with both Liverpool and Arsenal weighing up a potential bid.
According to reports in Italy, Liverpool is also interested in Cavani’s PSG teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentina wide forward has fallen down the pecking order in Paris this season, and it is believed that the French champions may be willing to part with a player who will be out of contract in summer 2016. Inter Milan, Atlético Madrid and former club Napoli are said to be prepared to battle with Liverpool for the 29-year-old’s signature.
Given the huge outlay on transfers during the summer, however, it is hard to think that that either of the two PSG forwards will be arriving at Anfield, at least in January. Seemingly more likely is that Liverpool will push through a deal for highly rated Milton Keynes Dons youngster Dele Alli. The Daily Express reports that, with interest coming in strongly from Tottenham, Liverpool will complete a 9-million-pound transfer for the 18-year-old attacking midfielder in January before loaning him back to the League One club for the rest of the season.