Liverpool agree Aly Cissokho transfer
Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho on a season’s loan, and have opened talks with Anzhi Makhachkala to sign Brazil international Willian.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has been chasing a left-back all summer to provide competition for Jose Enrique.
Cissokho, who has been strongly linked with a move to Sunderland, is expected to travel to Merseyside next week to have a medical and discuss personal terms, sources said.
The 25-year-old France international joined Valencia from Lyon in August 2012, having previously played in Portugal for Vitoria Setubal and Porto.
Rodgers declined to discuss the prospect of signing Willian when asked at a press conference on Thursday, but is keen to complete a deal for the midfielder.
Willian only joined Anzhi from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in January for £32 million.
But the Russian Premier League club are understood to be looking to cut costs, having been bankrolled by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov for the last two years.
The Brazil international told ESPN Brasil on Friday that he would welcome a move to Liverpool, describing them as a “great club”.
However, the Reds are aware that they are likely to face competition from a number of sides for his signature.
Rodgers is keen to land a major summer signing, having lost out to Borussia Dortmund in his bid to bring in midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar. He also saw another target, striker Diego Costa, turn down a move to Anfield in order to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid.