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Mattia Perin attracting interest; Rodgers eyes summer recruitment

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin -- who is currently on loan at Delfino Pescara 1936 -- is reportedly attracting interest from a number of top European clubs.

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin — who is currently on loan at Delfino Pescara 1936 – is reportedly attracting interest from a number of top European clubs, including the likes of AC Milan, Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Napoli and AS Roma, Sky Sports understands.

Perin, 20, is under contract at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris until the summer of 2017, with reports suggesting the Rossoblu value him at €20 million.

Both Arsenal and Barcelona — who will reportedly be in the market for a goalkeeper when the transfer window reopens in July — have been linked with the 20-year-old.

For the Gunners, the future of Wojciech Szczęsny remains uncertain, while Barca No. 1 Victor Valdes is set to leave the Camp Nou in the summer.

However, Perin’s agent Matteo Roggi expects the Italy international to return to Genoa next season.

“We have not had direct contact with any club but I know that Arsenal sent their observers several times to follow him closely and that there are many other clubs interested,” Roggi told calciomercato.it.

“The certainty is that at the end of this season Mattia will return to Genoa, with whom he recently extended his contract until 2017. And I think that next year Perin will wear the Rossoblu shirt.”

Perin, an Italy international, has conceded 51 goals in 24 league starts for Pescara this season.

Delfino Pescara 1936 — who sacked manager Cristiano Bergodi earlier this month — are currently five points from safety at the bottom of the Italian Serie A table.

Rodgers eyes summer recruitment

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to add ‘three or four’ new players to his squad in the summer transfer window after witnessing Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho thrive since arriving at Anfield in January, ESPN Soccernet reports.

Last summer, Rodgers brought in just two players, Fabio Borini and Joe Allen.

The Reds’ lack of ambition left the club without a legitimate No. 2 striker, with Andy Carroll having departed for a season-long loan with West Ham United.

However, the January signings of Coutinho and Sturridge from Inter Milan and Chelsea have, without a shadow of a doubt, had a significant impact on the club.

The former Swansea City boss is keen on further strengthening the Reds’ squad when the transfer reopens in July, with Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher to hang up his boots at the end of the season.

“There is no doubt there is a natural rebuilding that will come with the likes of Jamie Carragher retiring,” revealed Rodgers. “I am happy with the squad if I can then put another three or four quality players to it.

“It is quality we are after, not quantity. We see Coutinho and Sturridge’s quality in January, if we bring in another three or four players of that quality and add that to what we have got then we have got a strong squad.

“You want between 20 and 22 players. I’m talking about two in every position and your three goalkeepers. Then below that having young players who can support that.”

Coutinho, 20, has made four Premier League appearances for the Reds this season, tallying one goal and two assists.

Meanwhile, Sturridge has netted five goals in eight competitive appearances since arriving at Anfield via Stamford Bridge.

Wed 13 March, 2013
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