With the advent of the new year bringing with it the keys to the winter transfer window, the rumour mill has been in its elements in anticipation of the upcoming month of silly season. Liverpool are a club with a need for quite a lot of reinforcements, and according to latest reports, the Reds are lining up moves for Italians or Italy-based players over the course of the coming month.
Murillo the big money target
Inter Milan’s Jeison Murillo has been one of the rocks in the Nerazzurri’s defence this season, and has been a reason why Roberto Mancini’s side find themselves atop Serie A halfway into the season. And as is the norm these days, Liverpool aren’t far off from being linked with almost anybody on the planet, more so if he is a defensive reinforcement.
According to Spanish sources Fichajes, the 23-year-old Murillo could be the subject of a big money bid from the Reds in the coming days. The Colombian would cost as much as £22.1m, but with Liverpool failing to strike a balance between defence and attack this season, and injuries plaguing the club’s centre-backs at various points this season, a move could be on the cards.
Reds make Sirigu contact
One area that everyone feels Liverpool need upgrading is the goalkeeper but Simon Mignolet happened to finish 2015 as the Premier League’s highest clean sheet collector after last night’s 1-0 win over Sunderland. However, goalkeepers continue to be linked with the Reds and PSG rebel Salvatore Sirigu is the one name popping up.
And according to Tuttosport, Jurgen Klopp needs competition for Mignolet and who better than Italy international Sirigu, who is unsettled at PSG ahead of next summer’s Euro 2016 after being overtaken by Kevin Trapp as the number one goalkeeper in Paris. Mignolet’s long term future at Liverpool is apparently at doubt.
Another defender eyed by the Reds
A lot of defenders have been reportedly on the Reds’ radar for their January shopping, and Juventus’ versatile Martin Caceres has already been offered a deal by Liverpool, according to Don Balon.
Caceres has also been linked with Liverpool umpteen number of times in the past, but at 28, and with an expiring contract and not a regular, the chances of this one going through is slim. The Uruguayan’s CV is impressive though, having played for Barcelona, Sevilla and Juventus in his career.