TRANSFER TALK: Liverpool target Sunderland keeper Mignolet and Villa striker Benteke

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LIVERPOOL have again been linked with a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Guardian today reported that Liverpool want Mignolet to replace Pepe Reina, should their Spanish goalkeeper depart this summer. He has been linked with a return to Barcelona.

Arsenal had been linked with the Belgian keeper Mignolet, but they now appear to be keen on signing QPR’s Julio Cesar.

Liverpool are also in the midst of a striker crisis, with Daniel Sturridge facing an extended spell on the sidelines following his injury picked up on England duty and Luis Suarez wanting a move.

As a result, the Daily Mail reports they will consider bidding for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 22.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid are preparing a world record £85million bid for Wales international Gareth Bale, 23, but Tottenham are insisting they will not sell their star man at any price. Full story: Metro

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is considering a move for £10m-rated Benfica and Spain Olympic striker Rodrigo, 22. Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, has admitted he wants to move this summer and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tracking the Argentina forward, while Juventus are also interested. Full story: Daily Mirror

Jose Mourinho’s first job as Chelsea boss will be to confirm the sale of Brazil defender David Luiz, 26, to Barcelona for £30m. Full story: Daily Star

West Ham will sign Real Betis goalkeeper Adrian, 26 today, with the Spaniard set to arrive in London for a medical at the club. Full story: Daily Mail