Liverpool have agreed a £14m deal to sell striker Fabio Borini to Sunderland where he spent last season on loan at the Black Cats, scoring 10 goals and picking up the club’s young player of the year award.
Despite the development, Borini started for Liverpool on Saturday in a pre-season friendly at Preston.
“It’s an agreement between the clubs but nothing agreed with the player as of yet,” Reds boss Brendan Rodgers told BT Sport.
“He is still very much a Liverpool player.”
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Liverpool have agreed to meet the £8.5m release clause in QPR and French international striker Loic Remy’s contract.
The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Newcastle where he scored 14 league goals for the Magpies.
Remy joined QPR during their last top-flight spell, making an £8m switch from French club Marseille in January 2013. He scored six league goals for the west London club but could not stop them being relegated that season.
The challenge with Remy might be agreeing personal terms with the striker, who reportedly wants £75-80,000 a week. Assuming Liverpool know that are can meet those wage demands then Remy is a steal at 8.5 million.
Brendan Rodgers spoke of his satisfaction at Rickie Lambert’s first appearance in a Liverpool shirt – and backed the summer signing to make a big contribution towards the Reds’ fortunes in 2014-15.
The England international made his debut for the club following a move from Southampton, playing the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Preston North End at Deepdale.
As planned pre-match, Lambert was withdrawn from the action at the break, and Rodgers was pleased with the efforts of his No.9.
He told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Rickie will just get better and better as he becomes more familiar with the group and becomes accustomed to the playing style.
Luis Suarez today issued the following statement to the club’s official website, Liverpoolfc.com.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.
“But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers today issued the below statement following the announcement that an agreement has been reached with Barcelona for Luis Suarez to leave the club.
“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool.
“I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him.
Liverpool have agreed to sell striker Luis Suarez to Spanish club Barcelona for a fee of about £75m.
A statement on the Liverpool website confirmed the sale saying:
Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.
We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield.
Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.
Two weeks after FIFA banned Luis Suarez “from all football-related activity” for four months, there is still mass confusion over what that means exactly.
According to the players’ union Fifpro the ban “lack clarity” and a legal expert says the sanctions will be tough to enforce.
BBC Sport contacted FIFA and made a request for them to explain the details of the ban. They did not. But what they did do however was:
Confirm that under the terms of the ban, Suarez, who is also banned for nine international matches, cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during his suspension.
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I am a little surpassed that Fifa today rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy‘s Giorgio Chiellini.
The Uruguayan FA had described Fifa’s ruling as an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”.
A statement on the FIFA website said:
The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 25 June 2014 in its entirety.
According to several media outlets Liverpool have agreed a deal with Lille for Belgium striker Divock Origi and are in advanced talks to sign Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
The Reds will pay a fee that could reach £10 million for 19-year-old Origi, who is set to discuss terms this week and they are hoping to conclude a deal for 20-year-old Markovic, who it is understood will cost about £25 million. Both moves are being funded by the pending sale of striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75m.
Pepe Reina’s agent says the goalkeeper will not return to Napoli on loan and plans to spend the upcoming season at Liverpool.
Reina spent last season with Rafa Benitez’s side, making 43 appearances in all competitions, but Napoli and Liverpool could not agree on a transfer fee for the Spanish international.
So Reina’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told tuttonapoli.net that his client intended to see out the final two years of his deal at Anfield.
“I’ve heard of the rumours about Reina’s future, but I can confirm that Pepe is going to be playing for Liverpool next season,” Quilon said. “He is going to fulfil his contract with the English club.”