Liverpool’s double La Liga transfer swoop

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly lining up January transfer bids for La Liga duo Arda Turan and Alexis Sanchez.

The Reds have underperformed somewhat in the Premier League this season, and have struggled to find the net since the departure of Andy Carroll who moved on loan to West Ham United and was not adequately replaced by Rodgers.

His side currently sit 14th in the Premier League table and have had to rely mostly on Luis Suarez for their goals. Rodgers has opted to field a team of much younger talent in an attempt to re-enthuse his Liverpool team.

However, rumours have surfaced suggesting he is lining up a January transfer bid for Athletico Madrid’s Turkish winger Arda Turan. His scouts were spotted in the stands at Turkey’s 1-0 victory over Romania last week, and are thought to be impressed by Turan’s performance.

The former Galatasaray man is a self-proclaimed Liverpool fan who would jump at the chance to play for his favoured club. However, the Turkish international comes with a hefty price tag since moving to the Spanish capital only last summer for €12million.

Meanwhile, Rodgers is also monitoring the availability of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez and is rumoured to be weighing up a move for the Chilean forward.

The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp since the departure of Pep Guardiola and speculation from the Spanish press suggests he is unhappy with the lack of regular first-team football, something which Brendan Rodgers could offer him at Anfield.

It is understood that Sanchez would be out of Rodgers’ price-range, having cost Barca €26million just a year ago. But a loan move would undoubtedly suit all of the parties interest, giving the player more first-team action, Liverpool a young, hungry and versatile world-class forward, whilst relieving Barca’s wage bill.

Liverpool’s loan of Real Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin is thought to have set the president for Rodgers who has only a limited availability of funds.

One thing’s for sure, though, Liverpool need to sign at least one forward, if not two, to replace both Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt if they intend to challenge for even a top six spot in the Premier League.

With January just around the corner, watch this space.

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