Liverpool Transfer News: Willian, Mamadou Sakho, Leandro Damiao Linked In Latest Rumors; Luis Suarez To Arsenal Talks Resume?

 
on August 20 2013 5:59 PM
Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers may again be frustrated in his attempts to add attacking quality to his squad. Reuters

Liverpool continue to be embroiled in heavy transfer speculation as three names have emerged this week as possible additions before the Sept. 2 deadline, and with reports that Arsenal continue to pursue Luis Suarez.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are still interested in Suarez despite earlier reports that the feud is over between the 26-year-old and manager Brendan Rodgers.  The chances of such a deal taking place seem to be a longshot at this point. While the Daily Telegraph reported last week that Arsenal had not given up hope of adding Suarez with a final bid of £49 million, the Uruguayan forward has since returned to training with Liverpool’s first-team squad after appearing to repair his relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are showing interest in adding a Brazilian to bolster their attack. The club may pursue Internacional striker Leandro Damiao if they lose out on attacking midfielder Willian of Anzhi Makhachkala, according to the Sunday People.

Damiao, 24, has been linked to several clubs in recent weeks, but he is unlikely to come cheap with his club informing Napoli that he would cost €25 million (£21.4m) earlier in the summer. And Damiao has now stated that he is in no rush to move to Europe.

“The first time I was sounded out, I was happy, but I have to overcome that now -- I am focused on Internacional -- it has to be a good offer for me and the club," he said, according to Sky Sports. "A lot was said. I am calm, nothing has come and I am still focused on Internacional and in the Brazilian Cup. If a very good offer comes, then maybe it could happen."

Liverpool were pegged as the frontrunners for Willian by the Daily Telegraph last week, but Tottenham are now thought to be closing in on a deal for the 25-year-old. Willian’s club, Anzhi Makhachkala, are looking to cut costs and are seeking to recoup the €35 million (£30m) they paid Shakhtar Donetsk for the Brazil international in January. If Willian does join Tottenham, it would represent Rodgers’s second blow of the summer, having also missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Reds are competing with AC Milan for French star Mamadou Sakho, according to the Daily Star. The Paris Saint-Germain center back, who can also cover at left-back, is valued at about £8 million and has informed the club that he wants a move following the July signing of Brazilian Marquinhos from Roma for €32 million (£27.4m).

Liverpool have spent roughly £23 million this summer on Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto, and Iago Aspas, while also adding Kolo Toure on a free transfer and Aly Cissokho on loan. After the opening day 1-0 victory over Stoke City, Rodgers has lauded the spirit of his current squad.

"I remember last year and people saying to me 'should we be losing 3-0 to West Brom?' They were absolutely right,” Rodgers told the club’s official website. “But we've got better and better as we've gone on. It's a big job here.

"But I just got the feeling in the dressing room beforehand, when the players were getting together, some of our staff were saying that it just feels different this year. There's a camaraderie and a togetherness there. Long may it continue. We haven't won the World Cup, it's a game of football. But the lads are happy, they've done their job. They knew this was a big three points."

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