Whatever happens this season, Liverpool fans can be assured of one thing. Kenny Dalglish is going to have a lot of money to spend in summer, there’s no doubt about it! The Reds have already been linked with Conor Wickham, Ashley Young and Charlie Adam this week, a trio which could cost £30 million plus in itself.
Good ol’ John Henry has already made it clear that he’s willing to invest in the team, and was quoted in Football Magazine Four Four Two (and again in The Telegraph) as saying that the ‘worst surprise was the lack of depth in the squad.’
I’ve no idea how much Liverpool will have to spend. Does it really matter? It’s going to be a substantial figure, but I believe the really pressing issue is how they spend it.
It’s no secret that Dalglish wants to sign a left-back and a left-winger to compliment the options he already has in attack. But Liverpool do have something of a crisis developing at centre-back that needs sorting, and Dalglish might have just the man for the job.
With Carragher ageing rapidly and Kyrgiakos looking less and less like a Liverpool player everytime he plays, Dalglish is apparently considering a cut-price move for Paris Saint Germain defender Mamadou Sakho. Currently one of the stars of the French league, the 21 year old has also been linked with a move to Arsenal and Inter Milan are also supposed to be sniffing around the defender.
Sakho fits the bill perfectly for Dalglish, in that he can also play at left-back, but it’s likely that with Arsenal on the look-out for some quality defenders, any move could start a bidding war. Arsenal were quoted £12 million in the January transfer window, so that’s the starting price. If you think that’s an inflated price tag consider the Daily Mirror report that suggested Bolton Wanderers won’t let Gary Cahill go for anything less than £20 million.
If Wenger and Dalglish make the right offer for Sakho, they could be buying a bargain. It’s going to be an exciting summer for Liverpool, if ‘King’ Kenny gets his transfers right!
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