Another day and the transfer rumours are in full swing. Here’s today’s latest.
There is really only one place to start. Reports from The Guardian, The Mirror, and the Telegraph, among others, all suggest Brendan Rodgers is set to clear out the Liverpool reserves to raise funds for “Champions League quality”. This includes a list of around 14 players which could raise up to £30 million, the bulk of which coming from the sales of Borini and Oussama Assaidi, who has spent the year on loan to Stoke.
It’s been clear to everyone watching Sunderland this year of Borini’s quality, although with a grand total of one minute experience in the Champions League, and just six games in the Europa League, it’s understandable why Rodgers is, apparently, willing to sell.
Rodgers was able to cast an eye over the Italian yesterday, when a Liverpool XI side travelled to face Shamrock Rovers, winning 4-0. There must be something about yellow as Borini, modelling Liverpool’s new away kit, curled the ball home for Liverpool’s second.
After describing his performance as “excellent”, there has been conflicting reports over where Borini will be playing his football next year, with Rodgers today claiming Borini will “add to the quality” ahead of their European commitments next year. This has been going on most of the year, and don’t expect anything different until his future is resolved.
A new link is that connecting Sunderland with a move for Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton. Out of contact next month, it appears Albrighton has played his last game for Villa, with Everton, Leicester and Sunderland all credited with a link recently.
Injury restricted Albrighton’s early season appearances, and saw him loaned to Wigan in November for a month, before returning to the Midlands and helping Villa to safety.
Sunderland could be in the market for a winger, with Borini’s return still unknown, whilst Giaccherini seems more effective behind the striker, and Albrighton offers a home grown alternative to Charis Mavrias and David Moberg Karlsson.
Finally, building on yesterday’s update, the agent of Modibo Diakite has expressed his clients desire to stay at Fiorentina next year. It’s almost certain Diakite will depart over the summer, and will surely be used to bring Marcos Alonso back to Wearside, in a move that appears favourable for both parties.