Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has today revealed he hopes to make new acquisitions this week with Esteban Granero thought to be one of the players on his radar.
The Reds manager was asked if he expected
to complete any signings before the Reds travel to America next week for
a pre-season tour which features games against Toronto FC, Roma and
Rodgers responded to the question on Sky Sports News by saying: "We hope so. There certainly won't be as many as has been labelled out.
think the reality is that for players to be associated with Liverpool
is great, but the reality is that we have only made three or four
enquiries about players.
"Hopefully we can close out one deal this week, maybe two."
disclosure by Rodgers lends itself to earlier reports that allege Real
Madrid have rejected an opening offer by the Reds for Esteban Granero.
midfielder Granero is a popular if underused member of the Madrid squad
who was also linked to Liverpool previously during the January transfer
The Daily Mail was one of the outlets reporting the
story but they provide no precise details about the terms of the
approach. Other online sources suggest the offer was around £6m and that
the club is now deciding whether or not to up the offer to around the
The 25-year-old managed 28 appearances in total last
season but the majority were as a substitute and the player's chances of
game time will be under even more threat next term if the Galactico's
can secure the transfer of their top target Luca Modric.
Granero, nicknamed El Pirata (the pirate), can play through the centre of midfield or out on the wings and is noted for his passing and creativity.
that Rodgers was keen to bring Gylfi Sigurdsson to Anfield, before the
Icelandic international chose Tottenham Hotspur, it appears he has
identified this area of the team as one that needs strengthening.
came through Madrid's youth system before being sold to Getafe in 2008
following a successful loan spell. After impressing at their local
neighbours, Los Blancos exercised a buyback option a year later and
Granero quickly returned to the Bernabéu.
Capped by Spain at all
levels except the full team, Granero seemingly has a great career ahead
of him if he can find the right club to utilise him correctly and on a
more regular basis.
Another player of the creative midfield ilk that has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield recently is Bologna's Gaston Ramirez.
despite widespread weekend reports that a £16m deal was in the offing,
the well sourced Liverpool ECHO believe these particular rumours are
wide of the mark.
The local newspaper commented: "The ECHO
understands Liverpool have been left bemused by such reports, and that
the club have not made any formal move for Ramirez, nor are they
The publication does acknowledge the player had
been identified in the past by Damien Comolli, the club's former
director of football, as a potential target but, with both he and
manager at the time Kenny Dalglish now departed, the interest is said to
have since cooled.
Similarly, stories suggesting the Reds were close to signing Fulham's Clint Dempsey have also been dismissed as untrue by the ECHO.
versatile 29-year-old American impressed with 23 goals for the
Cottagers last season but again no approach has yet been made by the
club. Although the ECHO does believe he is a player admired by Rodgers.
Liverpool's rich maritime history El Pirata could prove a good fit
especially with the Reds struggling to unlock lesser teams last season.
That said, we're not exactly short of numbers in the middle of the park
with Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole returning from loan spells to add to
the likes of Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam, Jonjo Shelvey, Lucas Leiva,
Jordan Henderson and Jay Spearing. Granted some of these are defensive
minded but the overall number of central midfielders
on the club's books would suggest we need to move some on before
bringing in new faces. The wide and attacking positions look desperately
short of strength in depth currently and need attention more urgently
Other recent transfer speculation:
José María Callejón
Juan Manuel Vargas