Liverpool sign Mignolet
26 June 2013, 10:08
Liverpool - Belgian international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet became English
Premier League side Liverpool's fourth signing of the close season on
Tuesday when he moved from Sunderland for £9 million.
The 25-year-old, who signed a long-term
contract, joins Manchester City's veteran defender Kolo Toure, Sevilla's
Luis Alberto and Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas as manager Brendan Rodgers'
new recruits since a disappointing season saw them fail to qualify for
Europe in finishing seventh and without a trophy.
"I am delighted
that we have been able to sign one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier
League," Rodgers told the club website.
"Simon will join a club that will give him an opportunity to demonstrate and improve his huge talent."
who played over 100 games for Sunderland since a £2 million move from
Belgian side Saint-Truiden in June 2010, could well replace the club's
long-time number one Spaniard Pepe Reina, who has been linked with a
move to Spanish champions Barcelona.
Rodgers spending is far
from over as he has also declared an interest in highly-rated Sporting
Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, 20, and 24-year-old Armenian midfielder
Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.
However, he will face a battle with other clubs to secure the signature of Mkhitaryan, who is valued at £20 million.
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