TRANSFER WEEK 10

Liverpool are back in action with their first Premier League game played (a victory thankfully) and there are still players who may yet join us as we continue the new season. Here’s a look at the potential new guys for our already victorious squad.

Taiwo Awoniyi

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Considered to be one of the best youngsters to come out of Africa in the last decade, Awoniyi is a talented Nigerian who has attracted much attention from clubs around the world.
Having already impressed at the Under 20s World Cup in New Zealand, it’s reported that Manchester City have also had their eyes on this player in addition to Liverpool. Reports from Africa say that he is on the verge of moving to England and most likely Liverpool, though not for immediate use if he become a Red. It’s been suggested that much like Divock Origi stayed at Lille for a full season after signing for Liverpool, Awoniyi is supposed to be looking at gaining experience while being loaned out to another side as soon as he signs for us with Belgium and Holland being likely destinations for his next place to play his football.

The highly-rated forward, who rose to fame in 2013 after helping Nigeria’s Under-17 football team win the title at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates still surely would have to wait a while before competing for claiming one of the first team strikers positions at a Premier League club.

Awoniyi has had international success with Nigeria Under 17s and Under 20s

Awoniyi has had international success with Nigeria Under 17s and Under 20s

Only 17 years old still, it’s generally considered that he may still need some time to mature if he would claim to be worthy of making the Liverpool first team ahead of some the already experienced players we have in our squad. However if we don’t snap him up soon, it looks like Manchester City would love to do so, should they be patient enough to wait at least a season before unleashing him on the Premier League. He will need to complete a medical to complete the transfer but signs are that he is most likely to choose Liverpool over Manchester City and though no official statements have been made, he could have already signed a professional contract with a new club in England.  He was recently quoted as saying

“I already know where I will be playing my football in the coming days but I cannot discuss it publicly just yet”.

So just wait and we’ll see who he chose to play with already, eventually.  I’m just here to let you know… it could be us.

 

Thiago Motta

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Reports keep coming in about news over where Thiago Motta will play next, with Liverpool being a likely target.

Motta was born in Brazil, though also holds Italian citizenship and has represented Italy 23 times since claiming his allegiance to them in 2011. He’s spent
years attracting some major clubs and proving himself for teams like Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain and more.
He spent the earliest parts of his career playing in Italy for Juventus’ youth side, then later moved on to play senior professional football in Spain, Italy and eventually ended up in France. A seasoned European player, Motta is now 32 and has only a single year left on his current contract. Paris Saint Germain don’t seem overly excited or keen about extending it and he may already see his opportunity to leave and try another place in Europe to keep his career going strong, even in his early thirties. Liverpool have shown their interest in the player and could use a defensive midfielder like Motta, at least to strengthen the substitute bench for Premier League fixtures or perhaps to expand the number of options available when playing in competitions like the FA Cup, League Cup or Europa League.

No official bids have been made, though availability of him is clear – If PSG want to make any money from him he should be signed now, or in the January Transfer window. By next summer he would be available for free at the end of his contract. Should we decide to wait until July of 2016, we may still have use for him and he’d maybe seem better value when not having to pay millions in a transfer fee for him.

Keita Balde Diao

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Keita’s future is a little uncertain right now and it seems he may just have a new club to play at, with more than one Premier League club interested in him. English clubs such as Liverpool and Arsenal and Aston Villa are willing to fight it out to acquire this talented forward.

He spent time in youth career playing in his home country (Spain) for Barcelona and Lazio in Italy, then later on he would sign a professional contract to play senior team football for Lazio, as he rose through the ranks. Despite his country of birth being Spain, his parents are Senegalese and he could play for the African national side if he so wished as his international career progresses. It most likely would not be very easy for him to break through the Spanish senior squad, who have won World Cups and European competitions.

Lazio themselves are set to hold talks with Diao and give the impression that they’d like to hold on to this talented 20 year old, but he’s still free to tell them that he’d rather be playing in the English Premier League than in Italy’s Serie A. If talks turn out that way, either Arsenal or Liverpool would be likely to make bids and he’d be left with a 100% chance of ending up in England. Aston Villa are reported to hove set things in motion by placing a bid of 11 M Euros but Lazio may reject this and hold out for a larger bid like 15M Euros. Anyway, no matter who he chooses – it’ll be exciting to watch this player at his new club.

Xherdan Shaqiri

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Liverpool have had their eye on this player for quite a while now and almost signed him in 2014. However, timing (or perhaps the personal details of his potential contract) was never just right and the move just didn’t happen for the Swiss 23 year old. After impressing everybody in the 2014 World Cup, it turned out by the end of the exciting tournament that he was eventually joining… nobody. Well, he stayed put at Bayern Munich in 2014, but eventually would join up with Inter Milan by January 2015. They also would have their struggle to keep him at their club and apparently, in the last week he’s been linked with Everton, Liverpool and Stoke City – Stoke completed their £12M signing in the last 24 hours. So no, he will not be a Liverpool player but he very almost was. At least you learned the news about it.

That’s all for now and we’ll have more transfer news for you next week, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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