Liverpool FC manager, Brendan Rodgers, has reportedly been given the approval by club owners to get a reported £7 million bid for Basel’s Mohamed Salah, moving forward. The Swiss club is supposedly asking for £12 million to land Salah, a fair way away from the numbers that Liverpool is supposed to be prepared to offer, yet it appears that talks are continuing between the two clubs. According to unspecified sources cited in an article for ESPN, Liverpool principal owner, John Henry, was at Merseyside this past weekend for more than just the opportunity to take in a match. According to the account, Henry met with Rodgers and Chairman, Tom Werner, to discuss Salah, and a few others, as possible targets during the January transfer window.
While no specifics about that meeting have been reported, indications are that Rodgers was given the mandate to go ahead and get moving in the pursuit of Salah for Liverpool FC. Whether or not the numbers approved for the potential offer will be enough to sway Basel to sell him is still in question. Basel is not the only target being spoken of by the Liverpool faithful. Indications, highlighted by the poor defensive effort put forth by the club in their draw last weekend, are that they are interested in adding a defender to the lineup as well.
Reports coming out of Norway indicate that Red Bull Salzburg’s midfielder, Valon Berisha, is a possible purchase for Liverpool. The 20-year-old is estimated to be available for around £2.5 million. Negotiations appear to be progressing, though little has been said outside of the report in Aftenbladet. Also being considered on the defensive end is Porto midfielder, Fernando, as Liverpool recently sent a representative to scout that possibility. No numbers have been thrown around, however, and reported interest from Manchester United and AC Milan make that possibility less likely than the rumors about Berisha.
Other transfer window speculation centers on PSV Eindhoven (PSV) captain, Georginio Wijnaldum, an attacking midfielder who would appear to be a good fit into the Liverpool system. Despite statements made during the summer transfer window that he had made a promise not to leave PSV, Liverpool appears ready to test that promise with an offer expected to be around £9 million. The 23-year-old, a genuine scoring threat, might provide some cover for Luis Suarez on the offensive side.
Hints that the club is pursuing Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic are blossoming into full-fledged rumors despite contract negotiations, with many believing those negotiations a ruse to drive his price up. While it does not look like he is a primary target, he may yet remain on the radar for a while; particularly if some of the other negotiations begin to fall apart. There continues to be a lot of speculation surrounding the plans Rodgers may have for his Liverpool squad. As with every January, supporters are best served by waiting to see what shakes out, rather than pinning too much hope on the rumors. Without a doubt, Liverpool FC supporters are seeing the visit from Henry as an indication that the club will soon be moving on targets like Salah and the others, though it remains to be seen which deals will fizzle and which might actually come to fruition.
By Jim Malone