As this summer is set to be the last biggest spending transfer window before the new UEFA Financial Fair Play rules come into effect, it is going to be important for Kenny Dalglish to spend as much as he can but at the same time being wise about it.
Dalglish has already started off on a good foot by buying Jordan Henderson from Sunderland. FSG are set to back Dalglish with more signings this summer in line with their policy of buying young players. This policy makes a lot of sense as in future transfer windows you will not be able to splash out big money and buy players unless your club has actually made this money themselves and not have it given to them by their ‘sugar daddy’ owners. So it is high important Liverpool have as much cash at their disposal this summer to buy the targets they want.
FSG have set out a budget for Dalglish but at the same time, Dalglish is able to boost this budget by selling some players he does not need. Kenny can easily raise an additional £20million this summer by selling on some players we do not need. Here is how:
1) Sell Christian Poulsen. Although the Danish player has said he wants to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool, I can not see Kenny keeping him if he gets an offer for him. Stoke are reportedly keen on signing Poulsen and a fee of £2million has been mooted.
2) Sell Paul Konchesky. Reports are suggesting that Wolves are interested in signing Konchesky. This is great news as I can not see a future for him at Liverpool after he joined us at the start of the season from Fulham. Liverpool should be able to get about £2million for Konchecky.
3) Sell David Ngog. Ngog could have been part of the deal that bought Henderson to Liverpool but that was not mean to be. Sunderland however are still interested in the French striker and Liverpool have valued him at £8million. Whether we can get £8million for Ngog remains to be seen. But since he is young and has Premier League experience, I am sure someone will buy him.
4) Sell Alberto Aquilani. Aquilani is meant to be a Juventus player by now but the Italian club have refused to buy him following his loan spell there. They say that Liverpool are asking for too much for the player we bought from Roma for £17million. There is no way Liverpool will get anything close to that for Aquilani now and we will have to settle for less, maybe in the region of £8million.
If we are able to see just those four players, Liverpool will have £20million to add to the summer transfer kitty. It could possibly be more if we are able to offload Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic. Both players could bring us in £4million each and at the same time we stop paying their extremely high wages.