There's no denying what Xabi is in Liverpool folklore. He helped complete the greatest come-back in Football history. He won the FA Cup with us. He's loved by fans everywhere on Merseyside, and he looked determined and ready to come back. But a new report in today's media suggests he may not be coming back home after all.
Many reports said that he was leading the charge in the Anti-Mou camp at the Bernabeu, and now that Jose seems to be on his way, he seems to want to stay, explicitly saying that to the Spanish media ahead of Real's Copa Del Rey final. While we may have wanted him back, he's already a legend, and we must wish him the best for the future. Good luck, Xabi.
A player that's been on our radar for a few years, Jackson Martinez is still in the minds of the rumor mill, after having rejected a move to Russia and big-spenders Anzhi. This has put us on high-alert, with the Mancs also supposedly in for him.
He's been on red hot form with Porto, whom he moved to in the summer, scoring 25 goals in 28 games. The question is, that's Portugal, it's a totally different brand of Football, with his previous experience being in South America, in Mexico. Can he settle well in England? One may say that when you sign a player from abroad, that's always the risk you take.
He's done well seemingly everywhere he's been, previously making his name at Jaguares in Mexico scoring 28 goals in 58 games.
A player I've (On many an occasion) likened to Lucas the Lion, Victor Wanyama is Celtic's strong man in midfield. A lad known for his impressive tackling, he also has an eye for goal. With 10 goals for the Hoops from a defensive midfield position, he can also play Center back, which is something we require with the seemingly ensuing departure of Martin Skrtel and retirement of the one and only Jamie Carragher.
Despite interest from Spurs, Arsenal, and Man United however, he looks set to stay, despite doubts earlier. However, as we all know, this is Football, and things can change in seconds. I would be excited if we did sign him, I thought he was Celtic's man of the Match in the win against Barca at Celtic Park early in the season, and had put in some good performances otherwise
Now, on the other hand there seems to be a few new rumors surrounding exits at Anfield
Recent reports have said Reina's about to have a sit down with Barca executives. Coming off arguably one of his best seasons in a Liverpool shirt, Pepe Reina's early Liverpool form seems to be back, and his efforts haven't gone un-noticed. His father, who's also his agent, says he would love to see Pepe back at the Nou Camp, where he spent his formative years in the game, before making a move to Villareal for playing time.
Some suggest that maybe it is time for Pepe to leave, while others say he's not done, and has a point to prove, and that he loves us too much. It's pretty divided, to be honest. I want Pepe to stay, I don't think we have the funds to replace him, and there's not many 'keepers who can adequately replace him anyway. There's a lot of talk that we would swap him for Valdes, but really, why would we swap Spain's second choice 'keeper for their third?
They just will not go away, will they? With Luis's 10 game ban in effect, and running over to the first 6 domestic games of the season, a bid has been lined up from the likes of Bayern and Athletico Madrid. Madrid's offer is speculated to be around 40 million Pounds, but personally, I wouldn't sell him for any less than 70, ban or not.
Ian Ayre has said that Luis isn't for sale, and that he's still a part of this club, while Luis is already starting to talk of next year. Fingers crossed, guys. It's gonna be a helluva ride, that's for sure.
Yet another new development in the future of Andy Carroll this week, with him supposedly preparing to sit down with West Ham executives this week, and having said he's "Enjoyed" his time at Upton Park. Figures being played with are reportedly around 10m Pound, as Big Sam and Andy have both said they would prefer him to stay.
Like I said in his Loan profile last week, why do we really need him back? He doesn't fit in, and we have a target man in Daniel Sturridge. While, most times, he may have better work ethic than Sturridge does, Sturridge has a decent understanding with both Luis and Coutinho, as shown in his double against Newcastle. Besides, Sturridge has pace, and every team needs one working striker and one striker who waits for the ball to come to him. We have that already. He's not really Brendan's cup of tea. He can stay at West Ham, surely, while we can use his 10 mill on a center or left back, instead of him being left back in the dressing room.