TRANSFER WEEK 9

Liverpool are done with pre-season friendlies now and are ready for moving on to official Premier League fixtures again in the next week. The transfer news keeps coming and here’s the latest for you:

Adama Traore

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Liverpool have entered into a battle to sign a young star that has attracted a lot of attention in a short amount of time. Adama Traore (no relation to Djimi Traore who previously played for Liverpool) has been a Barcelona player since 2004, working his way through their youth teams and up to the B team by 2013 before making a couple of appearances in their senior side. As a right winger, he mostly provides some offensive excitement as he makes his way up the field towards the goal, assisting the strikers when needed. He’s scored 8 goals in his 63 games for Barcelona’s B team and has scored once for the senior side in one of his two games at the highest level for the globally known club in La Liga.

Traore’s international career up until very recently had been with the under 16s, under 17s and under 19s Spanish squads. However in 2014, Adama and his brother Mohamed both decided to represent Mali (they were born to Malian parents).

WHY would he make the move from Barcelona to Liverpool? you might wonder. Well, to be honest he’s just a “small fish in a huge ocean” at Barcelona. They have superstars like Neymar, Messi, Suarez and more taking the positions for most games and it leaves very little opportunity for the lesser known players to get their chance to play. Players who realise that they’d rather be playing regularly than making a few appearances in a single season should probably transfer away from a club like Barcelona and make their name elsewhere. That “elsewhere” for him, is likely to be England.

This particular player at the moment is attracting interest from the likes of Stoke City, Aston Villa and of course, Liverpool. He’s currently been given official permission by Barcelona to go visit the English clubs to discuss and hopefully agree personal terms with them, which should be happening over the next week. A potential move to England may be just what he needs rather than sitting on the substitute bench for Barca (if he’s lucky) or maybe not used in their squad at all. Nothing is guaranteed but his own personal choice is highly likely to enter into the decision about who he’ll play for next, it’s not all about how much will be offered for him. There’ll be an update on this transfer if he does decide Liverpool are the right club for him. All we can do is wait now.

Denis Cheryshev

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This Russian has really made a name for himself, in Spain. Spending his time working his way through Real Madrid’s youth side from 2002 to 2009 and then later on the Real Madrid B team and by 2012, the senior side – this player has proven himself on a several different levels and attracted the scouts with his skills at various different ages. He’s also played for Russia at various age levels and since 2013, has been loaned out to Spanish clubs Sevilla and Villarreal, continuing his football in La Liga outside of Madrid.

Real Madrid’s senior side is packed full of superstars and much like Adama Traore is very unlikely to play more than a few games for Barcelona’s first team, Denis will likely not even make the substitute list for Madrid and they have allowed him to be loaned out for the last couple of seasons, showing their lack of concern for his not being a necessary part of their first team. He may just feel the need to move away on a permanent transfer soon, with interest from various clubs being shown so far.
Villarreal are likely to be amongst those bidding for him (possibly just for another loan spell) and Arsenal have been scouting him too as the only other (English) Premier League club besides Liverpool to publicly express their interest in bringing him to their club so far. No official bids have been made yet but I doubt we’ll see him sit around doing nothing in Madrid for much longer as the player himself even must surely realise that he’s “surplus to requirements” for them by now. A transfer to a new club for Cheryshev is likely to happen, perhaps inside of this summer transfer window. Reports say that Arsenal would be willing to make a move of £15M to secure this signing ahead of their English rivals. We’ll soon see if Liverpool can beat that and make the transfer happen for us instead of them or if maybe Denis would prefer staying to play his football in Spain, even if he was just loaned to Villarreal (again).

Toni Kroos

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Kroos is yet another Real Madrid player to be linked with Liverpool. We’ve already heard about Illaramendi and Cheryshev both being rumoured to be potential new squad members for us and this player is added to the list now too.

Kroos is East German and has been rather successful in his international career, winning the FIFA World Cup – twice. He was part of the World Cup winning squads of 2010 and 2014. He also won the 2007 Under 17s World Cup during his younger days at the early stages of his career.

At a club level, Kroos spent his time playing for youth teams in Germany. By 2006, he was playing for Bayern Munich’s youth team and by 2007 he had worked his way up to their B side and senior side eventually. By the 2009-2010 season, Munich agreed to a loan deal that would see Bayer Leverkusen play Kroos in their side for a full season. In the seasons after that, Kroos kept impressing German fans until the summer of 2014, when Real Madrid came in with a bid for him worth around 30 Million Euros. It was accepted and he would soon be impressing Spanish fans from then onwards.

The attacking midfielder could provide some high quality assistance to our new strikers if signed and it’s confirmed that Paris Saint Germain are also very interested in making this player, their player.
Real Madrid’s new manager Rafa Benitez may not see him as a necessary part of Madrid’s squad and already known for loving and using Spanish players in his team, it’s just too bad for Kroos that he is German. His position may well be taken by a Spaniard and it could just be the right time for him to move on, though who can say at what cost. It’s unlikely that Benitez would care too much about getting back 100% of the 30M Euros paid for him, but will the clubs owners?

I don’t think our owners would back out of a deal at a fair price (up to 30M Euros) for such a high quality footballer but we don’t really want to get into a bidding war with PSG over this player. Hopefully it’s an easy transfer, even if he heads to France.
It’s the longest lasting transfers that feel like they dragged on forever. I certainly remember not enjoying the headline after headline in all the news as Liverpool had bid about 3 separate times for Adam Lallana. Southampton really dragged that transfer on and on and on for weeks and every rejection felt like “oh no, it’s still going on” as transfer negotiations became quite tiresome for fans. We can only wait and see what’s next for this player and we’ll be sure to find out by the end of this summer’s transfer window.

Well, that’s really all the news for players linked with us this week.
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There were brief reports over Alexandre Lacazette (it seems encouraging that we’re the club most likely to sign him currently) but if you read any of my previous transfer news articles, you’ll know we spoke in detail about that player twice already. I won’t repeat myself about him a third time. Just know that if Liverpool definitely sign him, it’ll totally be mentioned on the site here, so you won’t miss anything terribly important happening. Transfers can take some time to be completed, no matter who the players sign for. We’ll keep you informed if they’re completed.

Thanks for reading and YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE, Anfield Family. More transfer news next week.

[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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