Liverpool

Fulham Looking To Cash In Might Be Optimistic To Say The Least

Alberto Aquilani and Brad Jones are set for a move away from Liverpool to give Brendan Rodgers more money to pursue his top transfer targets.

The Reds have accepted an offer from Fiorentina for the Italian midfielder, believed to be around £7 million and will look to take advantage of Norwich’s interest in back up ‘keeper Jones.

Fabio Borini is currently the only new face at Anfield this summer and it has long been thought that Rodgers will have to sell if he wants to bring in any more players.

With rumours rife that Andy Carroll is set to leave the club and the Mirror reporting that Manchester City have bid for defender Daniel Agger, Rodgers could yet end up with a bumper transfer kitty.

It is crucial that Rodgers invests this money correctly. Liverpool fans will not want a repeat of disappointing transfers such as Paul Konchesky and Aquilani.

It seems almost certain that the money will be used to fund the new manager’s pursuit of Joe Allen. Swansea have already turned down a bid of £12 million for the Welshman and the £7 million from Aquilani should be used to meet the Swans £15 million valuation.

With only one year’s Premier League experience, doubts have been cast as to whether Allen will cope at club with big expectations. But if Liverpool are to play with the style that Rodgers demands then Allen is a must. His high tempo, short passing game will prevail over Charlie Adam’s trademark cross field passes and Allen should combine well Lucas and Steven Gerrard in midfield.

Despite the addition of Borini, bringing in another attacker would benefit Liverpool. Rodgers is believed to prefer a versatile forward who is comfortable in any of the 3 attacking positions in his 4-3-3 formation. Reported transfer targets Clint Dempsey, Gaston Ramirez and Theo Walcott all fit this criteria and would complement Borini and Luis Suarez.

Ramirez and Walcott would both command a fee of £15 million though the Uruguayan appears to be a more realistic target. The Bologna forward played just off the striker last season but is also comfortable out wide and such versatility makes him a perfect fit for Rodgers fluid attacking play.

Whether Liverpool will be able to shell out £30 million remains to be seen, particularly as Rodgers has intimated that Carroll does have a future at the club. Equally, the Reds will do everything they can to stave off Manchester City’s interest in Agger. Therefore Liverpool may be forced to look at cheaper options.

The £10 million being demanded by Fulham for Dempsey’s services is thought to be more than Liverpool want to pay for the 29-year-old. However, Rodgers is determined to get Allen and if he is unable to fund a move for Ramirez then the American, proven in the Premier League, would be a good signing.

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