English Premier League Transfer Round-Up – The past few days marked the departures of two Liverpool players. Jordon Ibe has decided to continue his career on the South Coast of England. He was announced as Bournemouth’s record signing in a deal believed to be around £15 million. His former club, Wycombe Wanderers are believed to be entitled to a percentage of the sale.
Trio officially bid adieu to Liverpool
After Raheem Sterling’s departure to Manchester City, big things were expected for the youngster but he has failed to fully live up to that billing. The LFC have added Buy-back and sell-on clause in his sale. Martin Skrtel has completed his move to Fenerbahce in a £5.5 million sale. Having plied his trade on the red half of Merseyside, Skrtel saw his stock do down significantly after his injury in the Christmas period.
As a result, he was deemed surplus to requirement. With Joel Matip’s arrival, he knew his time was up and will now be unveiled by the Turkish giants on Friday. Sergi Canos has linked up with Norwich city as the news has been confirmed. In a £2.5 million deal, he will look to continue his career under Alex Neil’s tutelage.An extra £2 million will be given to Liverpool if his performance fulfill the bonus criteira.
The likely departures
Joe Allen’s future is likely to be cleared in the coming days with a move away from Anfield looking very likely.With the arrival of Sadio Mane and Marko Grujic, it’s unlikely that the Welshman will have much game time under Jurgen Klopp, something he clearly wants. Sevilla have been linked with a move for the midfielder although his former club are also in the fray for capturing his services.
The former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers too has publicly stated his desire to be reunited with his protege.Hence, with no shortage of suitors, the “Welsh Xavi”
Will probably shipped to some club
After being ambiguous initially, it is believed that Jurgen Klopp is looking to offload Lazar Markovic from his squad.The Benfica winger has failed to justify the £20 million price tag and hence will be asked to move on. Though a loan option looks likely as there maybe shortage of suitors for a permanent deal for the Serbian.
Mario Balotelli is edging a move away from Anfield although his destination looks unclear at the moment. With the reduced fixtures as a result of missing out on Europa league as well as Champions league, the Italia is one of the many players deemed surplus to the team. Italy looks the likeliest of destination although a formal approach from any clubs is yet to be made.
Given his sizeable transfer and a massive pay package, the suitors are short at the moment.
Hojberg to Southampton is official.
Pierre-Emile Hojberg has been confirmed to have joined Southampton from Bayern Munich. Though the sum involved is kept under wraps, Hojberg’s arrival is expected to be met with cheers from the Southampton fans. With Sadio Mane joining Liverpool, Victor Wanyama switching to Tottenham and Graziano Pelle moving to China, Hojberg is the first significant arrival for the Saint Mary’s.
Believed to be a direct replacement to Victor Wanyama, the Danish midfielder is expected to fit in the leadership role in the long term for Claude Puel’s side.
N’Golo Kante heading towards the exit door
Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante’s future is firmly towards the exit door. In a press conference today, the manager Claudio Ranieri has given up on the prospect of the midfielder extending his run with the Foxes stating that “he would understand” Kante’s departure from King Power.With Chelsea firmly in the driving seat for securing his services, an announcement is a matter of days for the French midfield dynamo.