Transfer News Today: Liverpool to sign Chelsea Champions League winner?

Today’s rumours feature an Englishman moving abroad, a shock Liverpool addition, a U-turn to Norwich and Manchester United and Arsenal eyeing the same man


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Moneybags Ligue 1 side Monaco are set to make a change from their recent spending policy by snapping up England under-21 star Tom Ince from Blackpool for a cut-price fee.

Why it will happen: Ince has had plenty of interest from England, but with his contract expiring in six months he can speak to foreign clubs now. Dad Paul played abroad and his son fancies it too.

Why it won’t happen: Very few Englishmen make the leap to play outside of their country, and surely Monaco must be setting their sights a little higher than a Championship player?


Tabloid speculation


Liverpool are determined to win their battle with Tottenham and other clubs to sign former Chelsea man Salomon Kalou from Lille for around £2.5m.

Why it will happen: The Reds’ squad is a little thin, and the Ivorian – who won the Champions League in 2012 and is a friend and international teammate of Kolo Toure’s – would provide good cover in attacking areas.

Why it won’t happen: Kalou was hardly an outstanding success at Chelsea, and if Liverpool are really intent on pushing towards a top four finish then shouldn’t they be aiming higher?


Change of heart

Everton’s John Heitinga has turned his back on a move to West Ham, with Norwich now hopeful of striking a deal for the experienced Dutchman.

Why it will happen: Heitinga is definitely on the way out of Goodison Park, and with Norwich in need of reinforcements he’d be guaranteed more first-team football than he’d get elsewhere.

Why it won’t happen: The defender might well be holding out for one last big payday, and the Carrow Road outfit could find themselves blown out of the water when it comes to money.


Tug of war

Bayern Munich’s signing of Robert Lewandowski for next season could lead to Mario Mandzukic being surplus to requirements, with Manchester United and Arsenal keen.

Why it will happen: The big Croatian looks ideally suited to the Premier League, and he’ll need a stage on which to shine should Lewandowski take his place.

Why it won’t happen: United are far from certain to give Mandzukic a Champions League stage on which to shine next season, whilst Arsene Wenger is infamously prudent with his cash.

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