Liverpool target Arturo Vidal & Paul Pogba in £100m spending spree

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to take his summer spending spree beyond £100m in search of a world-class addition and there some truly awesome names on his shopping list, including Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba plus Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.

Rodgers is desperate to make sure the fantastic progress made last season is not a flash in the pan and will use the money generated by the sale of Luis Suarez to try and sign five more players before the transfer window closes, according to The Mirror.

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Five-star shopping list

The Reds have already been very busy in the transfer market since last season's tremendous title tilt fell just short, with Rodgers acutely aware that he needed strength in depth to cope with the demands of Champions League football.

Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic have already bolstered the ranks at Anfield to the tune of £60m, but Rodgers wants much more and has the transfer warchest to go out and chase world-class additions.

Pogba & Vidal have another suitor

Rodgers has made signing a top-class midfielder his primary focus alongside defensive cover for the remainder of the current transfer window, which unsurprisingly means Vidal and Pogba have another Premier League side watching their situation with close interest.

Pogba in particular has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, but would cost an eye-watering £60m. Liverpool did sell Suarez for considerably more though and in Pogba would be able to snap up arguably Europe's finest young midfielder, if he could be persuaded that his long-term future lies on Merseyside.

Vidal meanwhile has barely been able to get through 24 hours without being mentioned in connection with Manchester United, but the trail has gone cold since Louis van Gaal officially took charge at Old Trafford and as a result Liverpool have just as much chance of snapping up the Chilean midfield maestro if their interest is serious.

Case for the defence

Perhaps with a nod to Steven Gerrard's advancing years Liverpool are chasing a new top-class midfield addition, but Borussia Dortmund flier Marco Reus has also been named by The Mirror this morning as a player Rodgers admires hugely and would love to sign if the price is right.

More pressingly though Liverpool are trying to snap up two defenders currently plying their trade in the Premier League, Southampton stopper Dejan Lovren and Swansea City full-back Ben Davies.

Swansea knocked back a £8m approach for Davies earlier this week amid rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur though, while Lovren has reluctantly returned to pre-season training with Saints.

£100m mark

If Rodgers can put these incredible transfer plans into action Liverpool will spend more than £100m this summer on close to a new team full of players, in echoes of the way Tottenham Hotspur attempted to rebuild after selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer.

The close season may well represent a watershed moment for Rodgers, can he recruit wisely enough to keep Liverpool moving forward as a consistent title challenger and Champions League contender, or will the blow of losing Suarez prove all-consuming?

Snapping up either Pogba, Vidal and Reus alongside the astute additions already made would go a long way towards making sure it's the former.

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