Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards is “spinning a few plates” amid the prospect of two new arrivals before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline, a report has claimed.
The Reds have agreed a deal to sign Preston centre-back Ben Davies to add cover for their back line.
Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car is also a target, with the 24-year-old a regular for the Ligue 1 side.
But speculation has claimed that the latter deal remains unlikely for now; while Liverpool and Marseille have worked on a deal, the French club have concerns about securing a replacement.
This had come as a setback to Caleta-Car, who had travelled to Marseille Province Airport and was ready to fly via private jet to England.
According to The Telegraph, however, there remains the possibility of two arrivals still happening at Anfield.
Davies will definitely be one of them, the 25-year-old undergoing a medical on Merseyside on Monday morning.
However, reporter Chris Bascombe said: “As for the second, the most common phrases at Anfield in the last 72 hours have been ‘there are a few irons in the fire’ and the club’s sporting director Michael Edwards is ‘spinning a few plates’.
“That could bring Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal, although Duje Caleta-Car of Marseille is also under consideration.”
Previous reports have claimed that Mustafi ticks two key boxes for Reds transfer chiefs. Indeed, his Premier League and international experience with Germany are seen as a key plus point.
The 28-year-old has less than six months on his deal at the Emirates Stadium. But crucially, Arsenal are willing to terminate his deal and make him a free agent.
Caleta-Car deal not finished
Meanwhile, France Football journalist Nabil Djellit claims (via Twitter) that the deal for Caleta-Car is far from over, despite Marseille halting negotiations.
Indeed, the Ligue 1 side need cash before the window closes.
What’s more, there are no concerns about going against manager Andre Villas-Boas’ wishes, since he is leaving at the end of the season.
But Djellit stresses that Marseille do intend to source a replacement for Caleta-Car.