Liverpool may be set to lose Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer, but the club will ensure their attacking options are reinforced significantly. Already signed is Adam Lallana from Southampton, while there are reported deals in place for both Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic.
Suarez bid made
Suarez is expected to conclude a transfer to the Camp Nou over the coming months with initial talks between both clubs having already taken place, with Barcelona reportedly having made a formal offer in this meeting.
It is claimed that Barcelona have informed Liverpool that they are prepared to pay £70 million in cash for Suarez - a sizeable offer, but one that falls short of his valuation. There is a sense, however, that a deal will eventually be reached.
Liverpool will be able to soften that blow of Suarez’s departure, something hastened by his four month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellni, with a number of forward thinking acquisitions. Lallana was the first, arriving for £25 million, while The Guardian report that Origi and Markovic are set to follow.
£35m for next two signings
Origi, the 19-year-old Belgian who has established himself as the starting striker for his country at the World Cup, will cost a reported £9.8 million while the addition of Markovic could take the combined total of these two deals to almost £35 million.
The plan for Origi had been to allow the teenager to move back to current club Lille on loan for the entirety of the new season, with Brendan Rodgers keen for him to continue his education by playing regularly.
However, the sale of Suarez could prompt Origi to immediately be enlisted into the Liverpool first-team, and his performances in Brazil suggest he could be ready for Premier League action. But should Origi remain with Lille temporarily, then a move for proven striker would become imperative.
One more to follow?
Markovic will provide a goalscoring threat, of course, although the 20-year-old Benfica player operates on either side of an attacking three, rather than through the centre.
Liverpool do already have Daniel Sturridge among their number and the England international can flourish even further now if he becomes the undoubted leader of the attack, although Rodgers is still likely to recruit a direct replacement for Suarez.
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Sanchez deal in doubt
Alexis Sanchez could be that player. The Chilean featured predominantly on the right for Barcelona - scoring 17 times from this position - but has demonstrated for his country that he can excel alongside a strike partner.
Liverpool have requested that the 25-year-old is used as makeweight in the deal for Suarez, and Barcelona are reported to be prepared to do so. Sanchez, however, would appear to be reluctant to move to Anfield.
Sanchez is also wanted by Arsenal, and the north London club appear to have greater prospects of signing him. It has been claimed that Sanchez would rather a move to the Emirates Stadium, while Guillem Balague reports that the player has agreed a £130,000-per-week contract with the Gunners.