Much depends on further tests on the ankle ligaments of Daniel Sturridge, but the injury he suffered on England duty is not good, and it could be four months until his return to fitness.
Meanwhile Luis Suarez’s future is in significant doubt with the striker appearing to agitate for a move while away with his national team – but even if the Uruguayan stays at Anfield, he will still be unavailable through suspension for the first six matches of the campaign.
That leaves Fabio Borini and (technically, at least) Andy Carroll on the books, although Brendan Rodgers is believed to have all but sealed the £7.7m transfer of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo.
If Suarez is lured to Madrid, the Daily Mail suggests that Rodgers will join the race for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The 22-year-old has publicly declared his preference to end up at Arsenal, but Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, and Manchester City are all in the hunt for his signature.
Liverpool may also need to plan for life without Pepe Reina, with the goalkeeper hotly-tipped for a move to Barcelona.
If he goes, the top target will be another Belgian – Simon Mignolet of Sunderland, for a mooted £6m fee.
So did you hear that Jose Mourinho might be on the brink of taking over at Chelsea? You did. Ah. We’ll skip over that swiftly, then, except to mention that Jose himself appears to have said as much on Spanish TV football show Punto Pelota:
“I’m going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea. I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that. Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you.”
Apparently, though, Mourinho’s first task at the Bridge will be to sanction the sale of one of the first-team – the Daily Star says that David Luiz is all but out of the door and on his way to Barcelona.
The Sun, meanwhile, take Luiz’s refusal to talk about his future at a post-match interview after Brazil’s 2-2 draw with England as a sure-fire sign that he is on his way out of the club.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are closing in on Jesus Navas, with the Sevilla manager Unai Emery admitting of the winger that: “Everything indicates he will leave.”
Another man set to leave La Liga is Gonzalo Higuain. While everything points to a move to Juventus, the soon-to-be-ex-Real striker is also attracting interest from Arsenal, suggests the Daily Mirror.
The same paper brings news that West Ham are set to move for Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old is seen as serious competition for Jussi Jaaskelainen and is set for a medical ahead of a switch from Real Betis.
And in a final transfer titbit Tottenham are considering a move for a striker – and high on the list is Benfica and Spain international Rodrigo. The 22-year-old’s potential excites manager Andre Villas-Boas, and could pave the way for Spurs to bring in a more experienced striker such as David Villa to partner him.
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