Friday, August 1, 2014

Are arsenal interested in this Ex-Red?

Arsenal Interested In Alvaro Arbeloa to fill in the void left by Bacary Sagna.

Real Madrid have already seen lot of transfer activity this summer and news coming from Spain confirm that Los Blancos are on verge of signing Keylor Navas while Alvaro Arbeloa is attracting interest from Arsenal.

Alvaro Arbeloa is no longer a regular starter at Real Madrid as Carlo Ancelotti has shown more faith in Dani Carvajal. Arbeloa, 31, is concerned with his current situation at the club and he is also interested in a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal have already made the signing of Calum Chambers but Arsene Wenger wants more experienced player on the right side of the defence and Arbeloa is his preferred candidate. Spanish daily Marca have also confirmed the interest of Arsenal in Arbeloa today.

Marca report claims that: “Álvaro Arbeloa is thinking long and hard about his future, since another serious Premier League outfit have come knocking at his door: Arsenal. Following a season where he lost prominence in Real Madrid to Dani Carvajal, the defender is considering another spell in England having previously had a positive experience with Liverpool.”

However, despite this ongoing interest of Arsenal in Arbeloa, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to grant the sale of one of his more dependable player. Arbeloa is a fan favorite at Santiago Bernebau and his sale will put Madrid into the transfer market again as Ancelotti will be forced to find the deputy for Dani Carvajal.

Arbeloa is a product of Real Madrid youth academy who returned to Spain after a successful stint with English Premier League club Liverpool. Arbeloa was a regular starter for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho but lost his spot to Dani Carvajal last year.

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Liverpool close to strengthening defense

Liverpool hope to secure deals to bring Spanish full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo to Anfield.

Reds chief executive Ian Ayre has flown to Spain to tie up the signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Manquillo on loan with a view to a permanent transfer, sources have told ESPN FC.

There is also renewed hope at Anfield that a deal can be struck for Sevilla left-back Moreno, who has been one of manager Brendan Rodgers' main transfer targets this summer.

Liverpool had an offer of 16 million pounds for Moreno rejected in May, but have not abandoned hopes of signing him even while looking at potential alternatives.

Ben Davies was considered before he moved from Swansea to Tottenham, while Ryan Bertrand was another possibility -- although Chelsea's unwillingness to deal with potential Premier League title rivals cast doubt over a deal, and Bertrand has instead moved to Southampton on loan.

Rodgers is keen to sign a left-back despite the return to fitness of Jose Enrique, who missed the final six months of last season with a knee problem.

Enrique played through the early weeks of the campaign with the problem, but managed only 29 minutes of first-team football after Oct. 5 and none at all after Nov. 9.

Aly Cissokho failed to make the position his own during a season's loan from Valencia, and right-back Jon Flanagan moved across to become Enrique's regular stand-in over the second half of the campaign.

Moreno has played three times for Spain but just missed out on their final squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

The 22-year-old capped a successful domestic season by helping Sevilla win the Europa League as they beat Benfica on penalties in Turin in May.

Manquillo, who has represented Spain at Under-20 level, made three league appearances last season as Atletico Madrid won the Spanish title.

The 20-year-old, under contract with Atletico until 2018, is relatively inexperienced at senior level. Having joined their youth set-up from neighbours Real Madrid in 2007, he established himself as a regular in the B team, which plays in Spain's third tier.

Rodgers has made six signings so far this summer, bringing in striker Rickie Lambert, midfielder Adam Lallana and centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton, midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen, forward Divock Origi from Lille and winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

Lallana is out of action with a knee injury, while Origi has been loaned back to Lille for the coming season as part of the deal that brought him to Anfield.

Rodgers, having sold last season's 31-goal top scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona for 75 million pounds, is still looking for a striker, with an 8.5 million-pound deal for QPR's Loic Remy falling through last weekend.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Liverpool in frame for two south Americans

PSG hint at Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi exits as Liverpool and Man Utd ready bids.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN may have dropped a significant hint that Manchester United and Liverpool targets Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi will be leaving Parc des Princes this summer.

The club have released an advertising campaign for the launch of next season's third kit, and both Cavani and Lavezzi are nowhere to be seen.

The picture features an array of stars including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Yohan Cabaye, Thiago Silva and new £50m signing David Luiz but their coveted forwards don't appear.

Another significant absentee is Javier Pastore who has been linked with his own move away from the Parisian side.

Some will claim the World Cup stars were away on international duty for the pictures, but the inclusion of two Brazilian stars - who played in a third-place play-off - dispel any such argument.

It seems strange that their prized asset Cavani, who only signed one-year-ago for a club record fee of £50m is excluded from the launch.

The pair's absence has sent ripples throughout Europe, and signals that PSG are prepared to offload players to secure the signing of Angel Di Maria.

Laurent Blanc and his side are desperate to land the Argentine star, but face severe repercussions if they breach Financial Fair Play regulations again.

The club already received a £20m fine last year, and that promises to increase in severity if they violate Fifa's imposed rules for the second successive season.

An absence from a kit launch has already foretold a players club exit this summer.

Cesc Fabregas didn't feature in any of Barcelona's campaigns, and shortly made his £30m move to Chelsea.

The news boosts Liverpool's hopes of signing a striker capable of emulating Barcelona convert Luis Suarez.

Brendan Rodgers is acutely aware of his need to bolster Liverpool's attacking options, with Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini as their only recognised strikers.

Furthermore the £75m cash injection generated by the sale of Suarez is proof that Liverpool have the financial ability to procure his services.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Liverpool have agreed to the wage demands

It is rumoured that Liverpool have contacted Arturo Vidal's agent and The Reds are ready to meet his £120k/wk wage demand.

After agreeing to the wage demands of the chilean, it is understood that the club will table a bid soon.

Manchester United are also in contention to sign the world cup star. So it remains to be seen whether will Liverpool outbit their arch rivals for signature of Vidal.

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Rodgers will buy in January

Brendan Rodgers has said he "will not spend money for the sake of it" after seeing a deal for Loic Remy fall through just 48 hours after Adam Lallana was ruled out for up to six weeks.

Liverpool completed the signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton ahead of their 1-0 friendly win over Olympiakos, as part of the club's preseason tour of the U.S., to take Rodgers' summer spending close to the 100 million pound mark.

But after missing out on QPR's Remy and seeing Lallana suffer an injury in training, Rodgers insisted he will not panic buy.

"There is money to spend, no question, but I won't spend it for the sake of it. It has to be the right type," he said. "If that means I have to wait until January then that's what I will do. The players at the moment are in great condition. They are working very well and very hard.

"I have seen the development in some of the young players but if the right ones become available we would like to do something because I still have a lot to do on that front -- but if they're not available, I will wait."

Of the Remy deal, Rodgers said: "It's very simple -- we've made a decision as a club not to go ahead with the deal. It's unfortunate for the player. We're disappointed for the player but there's nothing more to be said and we will move on and look at other targets."

Lallana, who damaged his collateral knee ligaments in training, does not need surgery and will remain in the United States in order to get to know his teammates.

Rodgers added: "Last year if someone like Adam had gone down it would have really hurt us. It's unfortunate for him but thankfully at this stage of the season, where he has got a good level of fitness, it means he can recover quicker.

"He won't be too far away after the start of the season, which is great news. This year is vital for us. You're going to pick up injuries and we need to have the players who can step in and that's what we are trying to build."

Raheem Sterling's fifth-minute goal was enough to see off Greek champions Olympiakos at Chicago Fire's Soldier Field stadium. Sterling tapped in after Daniel Sturridge's scuffed shot fell kindly for the England winger.

Rodgers said he was "delighted" with his new-look attack, particularly Sturridge, Sterling and the lively Lazar Markovic, as Liverpool continue with life after Luis Suarez, who left to join Barcelona for 75 million pounds.

"We will get sharper but at the minute we are building up the resistance," he said. "Our passing was crisp and precise and I was also pleased with how we defended. Overall I was delighted.

"Markovic looked exciting and Sterling was a joy to watch. I have seen a difference in Daniel and I think he's ready to be the main man. He has come back from the World Cup looking really sharp."

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Watch out Markovic's Liverpool Debut Vs Olympiacos

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Liverpool complete Lovren signing

Liverpool have announced the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton on a long-term contract.

The Croatia international penned his deal with the Reds on Sunday to become the third Southampton player to move to Anfield this summer following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana.

A Liverpool statement read: " Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

"The 25-year-old Croatian international today put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after completing his medical."

Although no transfer fee was announced by either club, Southampton confirmed it was a "significant fee" with reports putting the figure at £20million for the centre-back, who played all three of Croatia's matches at this summer's World Cup.

Lovren moves to Liverpool after just one year at Southampton, who he joined on a four-year contract from Lyon last summer having previously played for Dinamo Zagreb and Inter Zapresic.

After completing his switch to Brendan Rodgers' side, Lovren - who scored the winning goal for Saints at Anfield last season - told "It's a dream come true. I'm happy and glad to be here. I'm proud and can't wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters - Liverpool is more than a club.

"After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: 'One day I hope I'll be able to play here for Liverpool'. The fans will know from the first minute that I'm a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch."

On that previous appearance at Anfield, Lovren added: "Jose Fonte, my defensive partner at Southampton, told me to listen to 'You'll Never Walk Alone' before the first whistle and to enjoy the moment. It was really amazing - I had chills on my arms and it's something that I will never forget. I want to listen to that song every other weekend."

Lovren, who hopes his visa will be completed on Monday so he will be able to travel to the United States on Tuesday to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour, is one of five new signings at Liverpool this summer.

Aside from England internationals Lambert and Lallana - who it emerged on Friday could miss the start of the season after injuring his knee in training - the Reds have also snapped up Emre Can and Lazar Markovic as they look to build on last season's second-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

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