Liverpool Rumour Ranking: Five Top Quality Stars Linked with Anfield SwitchPublished June 20, 2016
In the midst of a gripping Euro 2016, Premier League managers are preparing their wish-lists for what is set to be yet another record breaking summer in the transfer market.
Whilst major tournaments might make concluding a deal a little more complicated, there are certainly moves being made behind the scenes to get transfers done.
With that in mind, we at Free bets, look to analyse five players currently linked with a move to Liverpool. We investigate the likelihood of a deal being done, and rate the rumour in terms of its probability.
Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
This looks like being a rumour which will run right until the end of the transfer window.
The 23-year-old midfielder, has been strongly linked with an exit from the Allianz Arena, after becoming disillusioned with life on the bench in Germany.
Jurgen Klopp worked with Gotze at Dortmund before the player completed a move to Bayern in 2013 and talk of a reunion at Anfield has got fans on Merseyside rather excited.
But the player himself has recently dismissed such rumours, and it is believed that new Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is eager to give the midfielder a fresh start at the club.
Rumour rating: 3/5
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Recent stories out of the press claim that Jurgen Klopp is set to lure the England international to Anfield, by offering the forward regular first team action, with the 27-year-old becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities at the Emirates.
Whilst it remains to be seen whether or not Arsenal will sell to a Premier League rival, Liverpool’s German boss could be the man to rejuvenate Walcott’s faltering career.
Rumour rating: 2/5
Sadio Mane (Southampton)
The Merseyside club already have a yearly tradition of signing the Saints’ top performers, and this transfer window may be no different.
Sadio Mane has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s, and the player himself is believed to want to leave the club this summer.
Man United and Spurs have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old, but don’t be surprised to see yet another Southampton player arrive at Anfield.
Rumour rating: 4/5
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)
It is understood that the 28-year-old striker is keen to quit Italian side Napoli, after scoring a Serie A record 36 goals in 35 league games this season to help them finish as runners-up behind Juventus.
The former Real Madrid striker has attracted interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and although Liverpool are rumoured to be stepping up their interest in the player, the lack of Champions League football on offer may seem them lose out in a transfer tug of war.
Rumour rating: 2.5/5
Matteo Kovacic (Real Madrid)
A rumour which has been gathering pace recently, with Sky Italia reporting that Liverpool’s interest in the player is serious.
The 22-year-old Croatian is out of favour at the Bernabeu, a year after moving from Inter Milan for €31 million, and his future is set to be sorted out after Croatia’s Euro 2016 campaign.
One to keep a close eye on over the summer.
Rumour rating: 3.5/5