Mignolet is Reina replacement? Heard about Henrikh and Luis goes “soul” mining!

It is good that the club isn’t hanging around with their transfer business.

Having secured the services of Kolo Toure Iago Aspas now looks like being our second new boy to pull on the red shirt seemingly before other clubs have even tried to locate where their cheque books. The club said

“Liverpool have tonight agreed a deal in principle with Celta Vigo for striker Iago Aspas, subject to documentation being completed. Aspas can play through the middle or out wide and he could become Brendan Rodgers’ second signing of the summer transfer window following a deal for Kolo Touré.”

It’s not been rubber stamped yet however we appear to be all but there. It’s good that we are moving quickly in the market, we did the same with Daniel Sturridge in the last transfer window? I remember the days when negotiations seemed to take an age and, although the club would probably never admit to it, I suspect, as a result some players were snatched from under our noses by other clubs? I don’t know why we were so slow of course we’re not always going for the high standard of signings we’ve got in the past which I suspect means negotiations are easier but nonetheless it’s good that everyone quickly knows where they stand? I guess it’s also important for the player. Aspas will have most of the summer to acclimatize to England and our club. It is easy to forget that players are human. Moving abroad to new surroundings, particularly at such a young age, is not easy. Alberto, another young Spanish player we’ve been linked with may well face the same problem?

As ever the transfer situation develops by the day. Our reported interest in Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet suggests that we are resigned to losing Jose Reina, Barcelona looks the likely destination. I guess at 31 Jose might be looking at one last pay day and the last chance to play in (and win?) the Champions League? All this seems to depend on current Barca keeper Victor Valdés who is undecided on what he wants to do. Even if Valdes decides to move on will Barca go for Jose or will look to the future and go for someone younger? As for Mignolet, Sunderland want £10m. We have offered around £7m so it looks like we’ll get him for a compromise (around £8m – £9m?) which isn’t a bad result for a keeper who has good Premiership and international experience?

Leaving aside any cash we might get for Luis Suarez, the big signing on the horizon appears to be Shaktar Donetsk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Fees of £20m – £22m have been mentioned. Steven Gerrard aside we’ve been short of goals from midfield. Mkhitaryan’s record suggests he might be able to fill this void and let’s hope Coutinho can also build on his impressive start and chip in with a few too? I can’t believe we won’t face competition for Mkhitaryan and one wonders if we’ll be able to attract him? Shaktar are in the Champions League, we aren’t even in Europe and surely there will be other clubs who will seek to tempt him away? Time for BR and Ian Ayre to brush up on the “big sell”?

Finally Luis has been at it again

“I’d give my soul in every match as I do every time I set foot on the pitch, be that for Uruguay, Ajax or Liverpool. I never hold anything back”

And on playing at Anfield

“It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck to think about it… It is a big club on a global level, but we didn’t qualify for the Champions League nor did we fight for the Premier League, which is where the club has to be. And the club knows that I have suffered and struggled with what I have had in the Press.”

Perhaps if Luis had held back a few things he wouldn’t be talking in this way? If he carries on like this I suppose it will get to a point where his words have been become so numerous and damaging that he will have backed himself into a corner and made staying at Liverpool untenable? I don’t know if this is the intention, it certainly seems so. Me? I wish he’d just cut the cr*p and come out with it and say “ I love Liverpool, I’ll be sorry to leave but Real will offer me more money and Champions League football, it’s good opportunity for me professionally and personally so time to move on”

Then it would be a case, albeit an unpalatable one, of “understood, thanks and good luck. And don’t forget to take your seemingly endless supply of souls with you!”

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