Oscar Chelsea transfer latest- Blues ready to sell Brazilian to Liverpool/Juventus

Juventus and Liverpool have been put on alert after reports emerged that Chelsea were willing to offload Brazilian playmaker Oscar. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is looking to acquire Enner Valencia and is open to an offer for Oscar, whom the club bought from Internacional in 2012.

Liverpool have been linked with a move, but another potential destination touted is Juventus, with fans salivating with thoughts of an Oscar-Tevez-Morata trio. (more…)

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Borini injury leaves Liverpool short on strikers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be without Italy international Fabio Borini for up to two months after the Italy international was found to have a broken foot after complaining of pain in his right foot while on national team duty, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Borini moved to Liverpool from Roma over the summer, signing in at Anfield for a fee of just over £10m, having previously worked with Rodgers during a brief loan spell at Swansea City while a contracted Chelsea player. Borini has yet to score for his new club in any of his five appearances.
The injury to Borini leaves Luis Suarez as the only senior striker available to Rodgers, the Echo notes.

Following the loan departure of Andy Carroll to West Ham United, Liverpool attempted to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham but were unable to agree a deal with the Cottagers, and Dempsey instead moved to Tottenham Hotspur. That means Rodgers will be forced to turn to youngsters to supplement his attack, if need be.

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Liverpool lead chase for Negredo

Liverpool are front-runners to bring Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo to the Premier League this summer, should their 13m Euro deal for Roma forward Fabio Borini fall through.

The Reds are known to be in the market for a striker, and with reports suggesting Andy Carroll could be offloaded on loan, Negredo would fit the bill as his replacement.

Should the deal for Borini be completed, both Arsenal and Malaga are interested in the forward, report AS.

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Man City eye Liverpool defender Skrtel

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has emerged as a suprise target for newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Reds centre-back has been in talks with the Merseyside club over a renewal of his contract, and the player will now have the opportunity to decide whether he sees his long-term future at Anfield.

Man City are thought to be looking for depth for their defence, which this season has seen Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott impress.

The interest in Skrtel, reported in the Daily Post, will worry Reds fans who were disappointed with their eight place finish last season, and are looking for an increase of quality, rather than losing their best players.

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Liverpool keeping tabs on Castaignos future

Liverpool are considering a move for Inter’s 19-year-old striker Luc Castaignos.

The player only moved to the Milan side a year ago from Feyenoord in a 3m Euro deal, but is already being linked with an exit.

He told Sky Italia: “Inter wants to loan me to an Italian club or sell me, I told them that I don’t want to play anywhere else in Italy but at Inter.

“I came to Italy to wear the Nerazzurri colours and not play for any other club. Now I must go and Inter will help me find a club.

I am saddened, I cannot deny it, I am disappointed not to have shown my worth, but this is football.”

The player has been linked with Liverpool on numerous occassions in the past 6 months, and it remains to be seen if the player fits the bill for new manager Brendan Rodgers.

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Liverpool look to Sturridge to replace kop favourite Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt’s decision to move to Fenerbache in search of a new challenge has left Liverpool short of options in the attacking third. New manager Brendan Rodgers sees the Chelsea and England forward as the ideal replacement.

A key component of Andre Villas Boas’ team, Sturridge put in impressive displays, which earned him his two England caps to date. Under Di Matteo however, Sturridge has found his playing opportunities limited as Chelsea returned to the old guard to win the FA Cup and the Champions League. The signing of Eden Hazard and Hulk’s proposed move will push Sturridge further down the pecking order.

According to the Daily Star, Liverpool face a £15 million tug of war with former club and premier league champions Man City, as manager Mancini is keen to bring him back to Manchester.

 

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No Lille return for Joe Cole

After impressing during his year long spell at Lille, Joe Cole has been linked with a return to France,though current boss Rudi Garcia has admitted he wont be back according to The Metro.

The 30-year-old netted four times in 27 appearances and has spoken of his enjoyment of his loan spell after failing to settle in the Liverpool side under Kenny Dalglish but with Brendan Rodgers appointment there is hope for Cole’s Merseyside career.

‘Joe Cole will stay at Liverpool, The new staff have decided to keep him. We will remember him very fondly as a player but also as a man’ Rudi Garcia said who had previously spoken of his desire to retain the England star.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson wants Liverpool move

Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has admitted his Swansea future is uncertain and he would welcome a move to join Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old who was with Swansea on loan in the second half of the season and it was thought that Swansea had sealed a record £6.8million move though speaking to mbl.is he poured doubt on a permanent switch.

‘I expect not to stay at Swansea because of the uncertainty going on there as it is not clear who is boss…I have said that my desire to continue playing in the Premier League and Liverpool is completely considered’ Sigurdsson said.

 

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Nick Powell wanted by Premier League quartet

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Crewe Alexander’s Nick Powell. The Mirror are reporting that the Merseyside team are set to do battle with Arsenal and Manchester United in an attempt to sign the highly rated midfielder. The paper suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson looks most likely to talk with Powell first after a £2 million bid, rising to £5 million, appears to have been accepted. But Brendan Rodger and Arsene Wenger are also ready to make their move.

The 18-year-old has already feature 51 times for Crewe, despite his tender age, and has netted 14 times for the club. He has played 25 games for England’s youth squads, scoring on 6 occasions. Reports last week suggested that Chelsea were also monitoring the situation.

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