Liverpool: A weekly transfer round-up: Götze to join with Benteke and Balotelli to leave?

Liverpool have been linked with many players already, with the transfer window round the corner.

Liverpool: A weekly transfer round-up: Götze to join with Benteke and Balotelli to leave?
Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke are expected to leave Liverpool in the summer. (Picture: Getty Images)

As the end of the season gets closer and closer, the summer transfer window becomes the hot topic for every club with a complete transformation expected for Liverpool during the coming window.

There are expected to be many players being pushed out the door, with a lot of new faces to come in. In fact, it is said that manager Jürgen Klopp wants every new player signed by the 1st of July so he can have a full pre-season with his new squad.

The Reds have already added centre-back Joël Matip to the squad, after signing a pre-contract on a free from SchalkeMarko Grujić also will be a Liverpool player next season after the Reds secured his signature for around £5 million back in January.

But who else could join them? And who could pass them on their way out of Anfield in this summer? Plenty of players, if rumours are to be believed.

Players that could come in

Götze could be on his way to Merseyside, if reports are to be believed. (Picture: Getty Images)
Götze could be on his way to Merseyside, if reports are to be believed. (Picture: Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation around current Bayern Munich forward Mario Götze. The German is said to be unhappy with his lack of playing time at the Allianz Arena and reportedly wants a move this summer to try and resurrect his career.

It has been widely reported that he believes he can do this at Liverpool under his former boss Klopp. As he enters his final year on his contract, it is believed he could be available for just £15-20 million.

If the Reds could capture a player of his calibre, without Champions League football, it would show a real sign of how influential they still are and in particular how magnetic their German manager is.

Klopp will have to battle with his former club Borussia Dortmund for his signature.

Possibility of transfer: 7/10.

Liverpool were heavily linked with Alexandre Lacazette last summer, but a deal never developed and ended up staying with current club, Lyon.

However, the Frenchman has had another successful season in Ligue 1 and is attracting attention once again across Europe.

The Reds need a quality striker to help fire them back into the top four next season and he could certainly be the man having being valued at around £22 million.

Many top clubs have been linked to the striker and Klopp will have to also battle fellow Merseyside club Everton if they want to secure a deal, but this one is less likely.

Possibility of transfer: 4/10.

A new goalkeeper is almost certainly going to be signed in the summer, with the future of Simon Mignolet in real doubt.

The Belgian has had another inconsistent season, and a top quality keeper looks set to be brought in to try and compete with the high standards other clubs have.

The Reds have been linked with a number of keepers already, but one name that gets repeated often is Marc-André ter Stegen. The current Barcelona keeper is looking for an exit for more playing time, and is without a doubt of the best young keepers in the world.

A deal for him could be anywhere between £10-20 million, but it seems as though Manchester City could be the club who capture his signature, with rumours suggesting he is close to signing a pre-agreement with them.

Possibility of transfer: 5/10.

Who could leave the club?

Benteke looks like he could leave the club this summer. (Picture: Getty Images)
Benteke looks like he could leave the club this summer. (Picture: Getty Images)

Mario Balotelli is a player who is expected to never play under Klopp, having struggled out on loan at AC Milan.

It seems as though the Reds could recoup most or even more of the £16 million they paid for the Italian, with big spenders from the Chinese Super League interested in the striker.

Reports suggest that Balotelli could be offered more than £200,000-a-week to move to China, with a big fee expected to take him away from Liverpool.

The Italian failed to prove successful at Liverpool and even if a move to China isn’t on, Klopp will look to ship him off elsewhere for just about any price.

Possibility of leaving: 10/10.

Christian Benteke is another striker expected to leave the club in the summer.

The £32.5 million man has failed to fit into Klopp’s new system and has dropped down the pecking order with the current strikers at the club.

The 25-year-old has scored eight times this season in 34 games, but has missed many key chances in crucial moments of games and has such only been on the periphery of the first-team.

He has scored some vital goals that have won games, but in the long-term it seems his career at Liverpool is almost over.

The Belgian has recently picked up an injury which will see him out for at least a month, but could miss the rest of the season and therefore may have played his final game for the club.

He has also been linked with a move to China, but whether the Reds get anywhere near the full £32m they paid for him is unlikely - with clubs such as West Ham United also reportedly interested.

Possibility of leaving: 8/10.

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