The Liverpool transfer merry-go-round looks set to continue this week with forwards Iago Aspas and Fabio Borini set to leave the club and Loci Remi, Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren all penciled in to join.
Aspas has become something of a joke at Anfield since joining from Spain last summer and will return there with Sevilla on loan. Meanwhile, Italian international Fabio Borini will complete a 14 million GBP move to Sunderland, the team with which he impressed so much while on loan last season.
The Borini move will prove to be a great bit of business for the reds considering it will fund the moves for both Remy and hot prospect Origi. Remy is a proven Premier League goal scorer having grabbed 14 goals in 26 appearances for Newcastle last season compared to Oliver Giroud’s 16 for Arsenal. You would have to think that chances in the red of Liverpool would come more regularly for the Frenchman next season, almost guaranteeing goals. Divick Origi was one of the surprise stars at this summer’s World Cup and will surely be a great acquisition for the future.
The chase for Southampton defender Lovren also looks set to be concluded after months of haggling and threats of strike from the player himself. The deal will include an initial 16 million GBP fee that will rise depending on appearances and honours.
The moves will take Liverpool’s spending to a whopping 97.5 million GBP but with the sales of Borini and Suarez for a combined 89 million GBP there has so far only been an 8.5 million GBP outlay.
Brendan Rodgers has tried to be smart by getting all of his transfer business done early to ensure the maximum amount of time to work with the new boys. But I still don’t expect them all to be thrown in straight away. The team from last season did the business and the majority of them will be there for the opening game of the season, with the added positive pressure of competition for places.
Expect one more signing before the transfer window closes as the club is still in desperate need of a new left back with Spain’s, Alberto Moreno, top of the hit list.