Liverpool have made their third signing of the summer after completing a free transfer for Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan as they continue to press on with a restructuring of their squad.
Announcing the news on their official club website, the free transfer was confirmed and will go through on 1 July.
“Liverpool FC are pleased to announce that personal terms have been agreed with Adam Bogdan and the goalkeeper will join the club on a free transfer on July 1 after his contract with Bolton Wanderers has expired,” the club confirmed.
Who could Liverpool sign to replace Raheem Sterling?
Who could Liverpool sign to replace Raheem Sterling?
1/7 Felipe Anderson
The Lazio midfielder has enjoyed his breakthrough season in Italy this year, but that has alerted a number of clubs across Europe including Liverpool. The 22-year-old Brazilian is contracted to the Serie A club until 2020 and will therefore cost a significant amount if he were to move this summer, but it’s believed he has the potential to become one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the world if he continues his steep development curve.
2/7 Theo Walcott
Arsenal’s pace merchant is finding it hard to break back into the first team after recovering from the ruptured cruciate ligament that sidelined him for over a year. With doubts over his fitness, his suitability to the current Arsenal side and whether he’s a better option compared to his team-mates, rumours have linked him with a dramatic Arsenal exit. Liverpool would be one of the teams in for the England winger, who can also play in attack, and given that his speed can terrify any defence he would be a suitable option to replace Sterling.
3/7 Marco Reus
Any move for Reus appears to be hinged on firing Brendan Rodgers and hiring Jürgen Klopp, and given the noises coming out of Anfield, it’s unlikely to happen this summer. But if another transfer window goes belly-up, don’t be surprised to see Klopp at the club soon after with Reus in tow. The Germany international is a wonderfully gifted player who combines pace and skill to dazzle defences. He has struggled with a persistent ankle injury in recent months, but he would add a proven quality to the Liverpool ranks.
4/7 Divock Origi
Rodgers already knows one signing he will see arrive at Anfield in the summer as Belgium striker Divock Origi will complete the permanent move he agreed last year, having spent the season on loan with Lille. Rodgers could look to revert to the tactics he deployed last season when he had Luis Suarez to pair up with Daniel Sturridge, and although Origi is nowhere near the level Suarez was at present, the Northern Irishman will hope he has unearthed a gem when he arrives in the Premier League.
5/7 Alexandre Lacazette
The French forward is being courted by the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, but Liverpool could look to show a sign of intent by launching a bid for him before their rivals. Lacazette is equally adept at playing as a striker or out wide, and it would depend on how Rodgers would choose to deploy him to where he would feature. The France international has helped Lyon secure second in Ligue 1 and will finish the season as top goalscorers barring any heroics from Andre-Pierre Gignac, who trails by six goals.
6/7 Jeremy Menez
Menez’s brother and agent has fuelled talk of a move away from AC Milan by admitting he is likely to leave this summer, and even addressed rumours of a move to Liverpool as well as Monaco. However, at this point in time they are just rumours, and despite being able to play out wide he is more suited to an attacking role through the middle.
7/7 Ezequiel Lavezzi
The Argentine has fallen off the radar in recent months, but his future at Paris Saint-Germain remains far from certain and a move to the Premier League has always appeared on the cards. At home out wide on the wing, Lavezzi can also do a job up front, and would bring a physicality to the attack that is currently missing in Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Ibe.
Bogdan was out of contract at Bolton and, incredibly, becomes the third free agent that the Reds have signed since the end of the Premier League season. The 27-year-old will provide competition for current first-choice stopper Simon Mignolet.
Despite starting the season well below his best, Mignolet recovered after being dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers to show signs that he was getting back to his best, and he would likely remain first choice even if Bogdan came in.
The Hungary international joined Bolton in 2007 and has remained a loyal servant to the club after their relegation to the Championship. However, this season has seen Bogdan struggle with injuries as well as a loss of form, although one of his best performances of the season came against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield in January.
But much like the rest of his season, Bogdan was left frustrated as he missed the replay at the Macron Stadium due to injury.
Bogdan arrives after the departure of Brad Jones who saw his contract expire and becomes the Anfield club’s third signing of the summer, having already completed a deal to sign James Milner from Manchester City and agreed personal terms with England Under-21 striker Danny Ings.
However, the club are yet to agree a fee with Burnley to sign Ings given that he is under 24 years old and will require a compensation fee to be paid, with a tribunal set to decide the figure if the two clubs cannot reach an agreement.
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