Liverpool news & transfer rumours: Sterling, Kelly, Turan, Feghouli
Transfer rumours at Liverpool have stemmed from the uncertainty of two of the club’s brightest prospects, Raheem Sterling and Martin Kelly, both of whom are stalling on contract deals.
It is suggested that 18-year-old Sterling is holding out for at least £50,000 per week and defender Kelly is asking for more than the £35,000 on offer from boss Brendan Rodgers, now fans must wait in anticipation for Liverpool chiefs to decide whether the England duo are worth retaining over the long term.
If Liverpool Football Club aren’t prepared to meet the hefty demands of its developing stars it will only be a matter of time before the Premier League heavyweights swoop in with a big money deal, although Rodgers is under no illusions of the significance of the situation.
Speaking after last week’s loss at the hands of Aston Villa Rodgers answered: “I am not bothered by speculation about Raheem and other clubs. That situation will be resolved soon, I’m sure.”
If the inevitable news happens and Liverpool must let go of prize asset Sterling Rodgers will be straight back in the transfer market with a move for Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan, as reported by today’s football rumour mills.
Turan, a £19.5m Turkish international who has previously been photographed posing in a Liverpool shirt, is said to be desperate to leave the La Liga side with Liverpool as his chosen destination to link up with countryman Nuri Sahin.
“I have wanted to see [Arda] play for another team in another league and Arda also wants to play for another club,” told the palyer’s agent Ahmet Bulut in a recent interview with Turkish media.
“Atletico know of our intentions. If successful, Arda will leave Atleti at the end of the season.”
Meanwhile transfer business in Spain ay involve another wide man should the deal for Arda fall flat, Rodgers is seeking the services of Valencia’s Sofiane Feghouli as a contingency plan.
The Algerian wideman plays predominantly on the right, and would be a more cost-effective solution to keeping home grown disappointments Joe Cole and Stewart Downing on the payroll, both of whom may be shipped out if the new target agrees to join the Anfield side.
The two transfer deals in Spain are of course conditional upon whether Raheem Sterling makes the sensible choice to stay at Liverpool and not demand a fee the club can not match for a player who has only just turned 18.