Liverpool in hunt for Real Madrid winger
Liverpool look set to enter the race for want away Real Madrid forward José Callejón but will have to fight off interest from former manager Rafa Benitez’s Napoli and Fiorentina to sign the Spanish winger.
Callejón has resigned himself to departing the Bernabeu as he is behind a host of players in the pecking order and is unlikely to enjoy any more playing time under new boss Carlo Ancelotti than he did under his predecessor Jose Mourinho as the Italian manager is thought to have been charged with bringing in players from the youth set up rather than the fringes of the first team.
The player and his agent are pursuing any way out from Madrid and he was even part of an early draft of the deal which brought Isco to Los Blancos from Malaga.
Callejón’s arrival on Merseyside could now be part of the deal to bring Luis Suraez to Madrid with reports that the Uruguayan has agreed personal terms already.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has already raided La Liga for Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas as he looks to build a squad suited to his style of football.
Rodgers is currently pursing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan but has to contend with a number of other teams fighting for the £20million player so could divert his attention to Callejón if progress is not made with the Ukranian club.
Club captain Steven Gerrard has already praised Rodgers’ activity in the transfer activity and says the manager is making all the right moves to improve on last year’s seventh place finish.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started, especially with the news of us making a few signings,” he told LFCTV.
“It’s always important to get faces in as soon as possible; they can get a full pre-season under their belt, get to know the lads and how the manager wants to play. There are some exciting names in there so everyone is excited.
“I know very little about them, but I have a lot belief and confidence in Brendan and the scouting department that they are going to make the right decisions and I have seen bits and bobs of the new signings we have made.
“I am really looking forward to getting back to work next week and seeing what the new players have got to offer and see if they can help strengthen our squad to put in a better fight for a top-four finish.”