Manchester United could have their summer ruined by Liverpool as the Reds ready a mega-money marquee signing – though Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona could also be left with their transfer plans upset.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Premier League giants out of Anfield, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge could be heading for a transfer tussle thanks to the ambition of Liverpool owner John W Henry. The report claims he is ready to spend up to £150million in the transfer market this summer to land a big-name signing.
Manchester United target Arturo Vidal, Chelsea target Paul Pogba and Marco Reus – who is reportedly being chased by both Real Madrid and Barcelona – are the three names at the top of Brendan Rodgers’ wish list.
Louis van Gaal is reportedly keen on taking Vidal to Old Trafford and the Red Devils have been heavily linked with a possible £40million move over the last few weeks. Some reports have even suggested a deal is close to completion, but this may change if Liverpool are ready to splash the cash.
Van Gaal needs another boost of quality in defensive midfield and the Chilean has been sensational for Juventus over the past three seasons, not to mention one of the stars at the World Cup in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Pogba’s development at the Bianconeri since leaving Old Trafford has been incredible and he is now being lauded by some as the next superstar of world football. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly set his sights on the young French international, but Liverpool’s willingness to spend and the greater stature in the team Pogba would be awarded at Anfield could pose a threat.
The Blues have already splashed out on Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis this summer, but they would find it difficult to resist a bid for Pogba if he became available.
Liverpool’s third marquee target is Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, who has been linked with possible moves to both Real Madrid and Barcelona. Dortmund are unlikely to be willing to sell the Germany international, who missed his nation’s triumph at this summer’s World Cup through injury, but the Bundesliga side do not have the financial power to hold out indefinitely.
Rodgers would be doing well to convince the 25-year-old that Anfield is a more glamorous option than either Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabeu, but the report insists that owner Henry is ready to back his manager.
Massive summer spending
£30million is the amount of funds the report suggests Liverpool are ready to spend on one of the three stars, which would help take their summer spending to £150million. It claims that the signings earlier this summer of Lazar Markovic, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert will be added to with the imminent capture of Loic Remy, Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren.
The Mirror also claim that Henry handed Rodgers a £60million transfer kitty just for getting into the Champions League with their second place finish in the Premier League last season and that the American owner is ready to hand over the full £75million sum received from the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.