Transfer news is abuzz as usual in Liverpool, as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to make his team Champions League worthy and start competing for Premier League titles.
While Luis Suarez’s future hangs in the balance, Reds faithful demand answers for the long-term plans of their club as they dig to get back to the glory days.
We’ve seen Liverpool linked to endless names in the transfer cycle, and that endless list is only getting longer as we get closer to July 1.
Let’s take a look at the latest transfer news for Liverpool.
Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas was officially set for a move to Liverpool on Thursday, but now the deal has been nixed by the Spanish Football Federation after it was revealed that non-FIFA-licensed representatives were used in the talks, per the Daily Mirror.
A Liverpool spokesman was quoted in the story:
There was a complication with the paperwork. For the deal to be completed both FAs have to release the paperwork and we are waiting for that to happen. However, we are confident that will be done shortly.
The Telegraph‘s story from Thursday shows just how close this deal was, as well as this Twitter post by Liverpool F.C.’s official page, which confirmed the in-principle agreement.
The up-and-coming Celta Vigo star has given Liverpool fans a whirlwind of emotions in recent days with all of these new updates about his deal, but it sounds like the Reds’ front office is keen on making this deal work and overcoming any legal troubles. Still, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a late snag ruin talks.
The Liverpool striker had a productive 2012-13 campaign in the EPL with seven goals, but it wasn’t for the Reds, as he enjoyed a season loan with West Ham United. The club loved Carroll’s production so much that they’re keen on signing him permanently from Liverpool (per Daily Express).
Now, Carroll is set to head back to Anfield after what has been a confusing last few weeks for the 24-year-old. He stalled on a £15.5 million deal that nearly happened, per The Telegraph, and the likelihood has been diminished ever since.
Former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler also had a public message for the out-of-favor striker (per Goal.com): You won’t get games.
Carroll struggled at times in his first experiences with the club, but he’s surely done plenty to boost his stock after a strong season with West Ham United. Whether or not the Reds want him back, his value has certainly boomed, and they could pick up a pretty penny from a deal.
Hold your horses. This rumored move that emerged last week looks quite a bit less likely.
On June 6, the Daily Mirror reported that Liverpool was keen on signing the Manchester City striker for a discounted price of £8 million. Such a small number for someone who many people still believe is a world-class player was shocking.
However, Tevez maintained in the report that he’d wait and see how new City manager Manuel Pellegrini would want to use him in his plans.
Not shortly after, NBC’s Pro Soccer Talk reported that City was set to re-sign the Argentinian to a two-year contract.
The idea of Tevez coming in to re-shape Liverpool’s front line in the wake of a potential Suarez departure would be enticing. But perhaps a younger player would give more hope for the future, anyway.
Forget the whirlwind of emotions from Aspas, it’s the Uruguayan striker who has been giving Liverpool fans headaches for the past, well, ever since he got to Anfield.
But in an unusual turn for how his press appearances have been lately, Suarez was close-mouthed and focused on completely different business on Friday, as he maintained that he’s fully focused on Uruguay’s Confederations Cup, per Goal.com.
I love to play for Uruguay. Now, I don’t want to think about anything else.
Despite all of the trouble, Suarez has placed himself as one of the EPL’s best and a world-class player internationally. According to Goal.com, that has got him interested in one of the destinations for world stars, Real Madrid.
But Liverpool have been awfully adamant about their desire to keep their world-class striker after a slew of scandals that have landed the young star in hot water on multiple occasions. Suarez has become fed up with life in England, as these scandals have shaped the way he’s treated publicly, according to The Guardian, and that has been a driving factor in his displeasure.
Potential new signee Aspas, though, insisted to Daily Mirror that he’s not being brought in to replace Suarez.
Take that for what it’s worth.