The new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has poured cold water on any loan deal for his top striker, Andy Carroll, and he says if Carroll is to leave the club this summer, he’ll be moved out like any other player – on a permanent transfer.
Andy Carroll – joining Liverpool in Boston next Monday
It’s the first we’ve heard from the new Liverpool manager since Sky Sports broke the news on Sunday night that Newcastle were in for Carroll, and all the stories since then have said the Rodgers doesn’t see Carroll in his future plans for Liverpool.
This is what Brendan said in the Daily Telegraph today:
“The club invested £35M in the player and there has been a lot written and spoken over the last couple of weeks. For me, it’s simple. The player is still part of this group and the only way we would think about him going out is the same as any other player.”
“If there was an offer to take him on a permanent deal, we’d have to look at it, but that’s no different to any player. The thought of him going on loan for one year is ridiculous, really.”
“It is that part of the year where there is a game going on with agents and other people, but the reality is he will join us here in Boston next week. He is a talented player and we will review what happens from there.”
The news has been fairly clear that Liverpool only want a permanent deal for Andy this summer, and a loan deal is now out of the question.
Liverpool have had no luck with any of their loan players going out on loan, and in particular Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani is back to the club after spending last season at AC Milan, and he spent the season before that at Juventus, but neither club will pay the fee of £13M wanted by Liverpool for the 21 times capped Italian International.
Aqualini was signed in the summer of 2009 for around €20M (£16M) from Roma, on a five year deal and they just cannot offload him, and the case looks similar to that of Xisco at Newcastle, who was signed in the summer on a five year deal of 2008 for £5.7M and £50K/week wages, but Newcastle have been unable to get him off the wage bill.
But a loan deal is definitely out for Carroll, and now it seems Newcastle are willing to wait a while, because as the pre-seaosn progresses it wil become clear there is no place at Liverpool for the big Geordie striker, and hopefully that will help Newcastle get their man.
What do you think?