Premier League Transfer News — 20 June 2013

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is Liverpool's main transfer target this summerPremier League Liverpool have already had an eventful summer, with star striker Luis Suarez constantly stating that he wants to leave the club.

The Uruguayan has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a while now, but a lot will depend on whether he is sold.


According to reports from various media news outlets, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had a summer budget of £20million. The former-Swansea boss has used £7.6million of that to bring in Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.

That would not leave much more in the transfer pot, but the £15million sale of Andy Carroll will give the Reds boss something to work with.


According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds are close to completing a cut-price £3million deal for FC Porto winger Christian Atsu. The Ghanaian youngster is out-of-contract next summer, so the Portuguese giants are trying to recoup a transfer fee.

Atsu is a pacey winger, who is known for his wildly inconsistent performances. The 21-year-old does have potential and Rodgers obviously sees something in the youngster.

The Reds big target of the transfer window is reportedly Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The talented young attacking-midfielder was outstanding for Shakhtar scoring 25 times, as he played in the hole just behind the striker last season.

The 24-year-old is rated at £22million by his Ukrainian club and that sort of money would take a big chunk out of Rodgers budget, without the sale of Suarez of course. However, Mkhitaryan seems to have all the attributes to make him a top player.


Liverpool’s whole transfer strategy this summer hinges on whether Luis Suarez moves on this summer. If Suarez moves on then Brendan Rodgers has already been told that he will be given the funds to strengthen his squad.

Under Rodgers Liverpool will make progress next season, whether that will be enough to take the Reds into the Champions League spots remains to be seen.

Just how strong will Liverpool be next season?


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