According to the Liverpool Echo, Maxi Rodriguez is seeking a move back to his native Argentina and is ready to ask manager Kenny Dalglish to release him from the remaining two years of his contract.
The 30-year-old midfielder ended last season by scoring two hat-tricks in three games but has told an Argentine newspaper he would like to rejoin his first club, Newell´s Old Boys.
Rodriguez told La Capital: “When I left here, I knew I was coming back. The president (Guillermo Lorenzo) called me and I said yes. Now it depends on the contract I have in Liverpool, maybe that can be loosened a little.”
Reds´ owners Fenway Sports Group are likely to accede to his wishes, given the player´s age. However, Rodriguez would need to take a significant wage cut to return to his homeland.
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Reds miss out on Marin.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have both failed in attempts to sign winger Marko Marin, reports the Liverpool Daily Post.
The 22-year-old, capped 16 times for Germany, was linked with a move away from Werder Bremen this summer following his club´s poor Bundesliga campaign when they only managed to finish a lowly 13th.
However, Marin´s agent Fali Ramadani claims both Liverpool and Spurs were rebuffed by player and club.
“Marko rejected both teams,” said Ramadani, “and Werder hinted that they would not be selling him at this time.”
The former Borussia Monchengladbach player also stated his desire to remain in Germany: “I want to stay at Werder. I feel good at Bremen,” he said. “I have never had the urge to leave. I want to be successful here, and that is my only aim.”
No decision on stadium name.
Liverpool have had some interest from companies interested in acquiring the naming rights for a proposed new stadium, but a final decision on whether to move or redevelop Anfield is still to be taken.
Billy Hogan, managing director of Fenway Sports Management, the global arm of club owners Fenway Sports Group, says the main consideration is to be able to compete financially with their main rivals.
Hogan told Bloomberg: “We see Liverpool as a truly global proposition from a marketing standpoint and a naming rights partnership with Liverpool Football Club is really unlike any other thing there is out there.”
“It is something we have seen some interest in and we will continue to have those conversations.”
He added: “The final decision will rests on which opportunity allows us to keep generating revenue to compete with the rest of our competition in the Premier League.”
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