Liverpool’s new “we go again again” plan is serious business. After deals for Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic, Brendan Rodgers is going again for a left-back – Sevilla’s too-expensive £18m Alberto Moreno, or Swansea’s Ben Davies. Liverpool had an £8m bid for Davies knocked back last night; Swansea want £4m more.
And then there’s Jay Rodriguez. Liverpool and Spurs both want him, so Southampton are planing to offer him a new five-year deal. Defender Jose Fonte, meanwhile, is off to Cardiff – leaving the Premier League for the Championship and reportedly doubling his wages in the process.
Meanwhile, books-balancers Manchester City plan to offload centre-back Matija Nastasic as soon as their £30m deal is done for Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala. Nastasic signed from Fiorentina for £12m in August 2012, but didn’t cut it last season. “Several Serie A clubs” are keen.
Everton have made Colombia striker Carlos Bacca their top summer target, if they fail to re-sign Romelu Lukaku. He only played once in Brazil, but scored 21 goals for Sevilla, who want £14m.
Stoke remain sure they can land Bojan on loan from Barcelona, despite interest from Deportivo La Coruna. Bojan spent last season with Ajax, and has been told he can/must spend another season away. Mark Hughes also fancies paying £1.8m for Nigeria midfielder Michael Babatunde.
Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere is set to become Newcastle’s third new signing in a week. The fourth will be Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
Besiktas want Demba Ba on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move. “We have been in talks with Chelsea for a long time,” announced president Fikret Orman. “They initially wanted £10m, but we have negotiated a price we are happy with.”
Swansea’s Michu is still in talks with Napoli; West Ham want Martin Olsson from Norwich, who have told Stoke that £3.5m for Nathan Redmond is not enough, but £6m might be; and QPR and Palace are still waiting on an answer from hard-to-get Steven Caulker.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, meanwhile, reckons calling off their pre-season trip to Spain due to not having enough players is definitely a good thing, and it’s absolutely business as usual. “Our time is better served to try and get some of the player deals that we’ve been trying to get over the line for some time across the line.”