Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson is likely to arrive in Liverpool later today to discuss terms with the club in an £18 million deal.
According to The Times Liverpool’s bid for the right back exceeded that of Chelsea, who sold the player to Portsmouth only 2 seasons ago. Liverpool are owed £7 million by Portsmouth for the Peter Crouch transfer last summer, so this deal will involve the reds handing around £11 million over to the south-coast club.
There was some concern that a deal may be delayed due to Portsmouth’s present situation with the club undergoing due diligence as a new buyer takes control – however it is believed the transfer has been sanctioned by the legal members of both parties down at Pompey.
Glen Johnson will be Liverpool’s most expensive defender in the club’s history.
The defender who turns 25 at the start of the season already has two Premier League winners medals from 2005 and 2006.
We expect pressure to grow on a potential departure of Alvara Arbeloa to either Real Madrid or Atletico, although it is understood Liverpool are looking at at least £11 million in return.