Liverpool are set to continue their summer spending as they fight o make deals for Arsenal's Gael Clichy and Stewart Downing happen. NESV, Liverpool's new owners have already pumped significant funds into the club for transfers and Kenny Dalglish will be hopeful they break the bank to land two experienced Premier League footballers.
Gael Clichy has reportedly told Arsenal that he wants to join Liverpool. Liverpool are desperate to land the French full back and Clichy is keen on a move to Liverpool as he wants to stay in the Premier League. Clichy is set to turn down a move to Roma as he sees a move to Serie A as a step down. Roma have offered upwards of £7m but Liverpool only value the player at £5m. Arsene Wenger has told Clichy that he will grant the player a move but not to the Premier League. However, wealth Clichy's contact set to expire in 12 months' time; Arsenal may be forced to sell Clichy this summer.
Liverpool are also on the hunt to land Aston Villa and England winger Stewart Downing. The winger has expressed to his club that he wants to leave and Villa boss Alex McLeish will grant him his move to Liverpool if they meet the asking price of £19m. Liverpool value Downing at around £12m and will be looking for Aston Villa to come down on price given the fact that Downing has stalled on signing a new contract. What may surprise some Liverpool fans is the plan to finance any deal to sign Downing. The Mirror claim that Liverpool will try to finance a deal for the player by selling off Raul Meireles. The Portuguese midfielder was vote the fans player of the year and adapted well to life in England. However, he was unable to command a regular place in the first team and was played from the right more often than not. Given that Liverpool are in the hunt for a winger, it could spell the end with for Meireles with Inter looking to sign the player.
Sticking with the Mirror, the paper claims that Liverpool are now ready to battle Sunderland for the signature of England under 21 star Conor Wickham. The newspaper claims that Liverpool has matched Sunderland's £8m offer for Wickham and are ready to increase the offer to get their man. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has been monitoring the Ipswich striker for six months and is ready to battle Sunderland all the way after it was revealed the north east club had made a formal offer.