TRANSFER TALK: Denis Cheryshev to Liverpool?
It’s the final day of the transfer window and Liverpool seem to have one final transfer that may happen. Well, the Alex Teixeira deal still may or may not happen, but that’s mostly up to a few things: If Liverpool can offer a high enough price for Teixeira (his club want at least £38M reportedly but he has a £53M release clause which cannot be refused by his club) and if his club can accept an offer in the next 8 to 9 hours. A player’s contract would also need to be agreed upon within the time limit after the transfer fee is sorted out. His club are quite determined to keep him if Liverpool don’t make an offer of a rather high amount. However, I digress. Let’s talk about Denis Cheryshev.
This Russian is well known due to his career in Spain from around 2000. For the past 15 to 16 years, he’s been a regular in Spanish football, starting off at “Burgos” (FC) as a youth player and them moving on and becoming a star in La Liga for Real Madrid eventually. He would also have loan spells at both Sevilla and Villareal while still being contracted to Real Madrid since 2013.
When Real Madrid have players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, James Rodrigues, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, the selection process could have become quite frustrating for Cheryshev as he was not chosen for the Madrid first team on any more than 2 occasions. He did however make over 100 appearances for Real Madrid’s “B” side (the reserves), a way for him to get regular match experience rather than sitting on a substitute bench if he’s lucky and most likely not being chosen to play at all. This may also be why he agreed to play for two different teams on loans for the last two seasons. First team football can be what is needed to get noticed by international squad managers often.
Cheryshev has represented Russia at 5 different age levels, including the most senior squad. He’s been a part of Russia’s campaign in World Cup 2014 and the Euro 2016 qualifier squad.
This gifted left sided winger has a price tag of around £7 Million. Certainly one of the lower priced players on Liverpool’s transfer target list and his club are far more likely to allow him to leave, not seeing him as a key player in their first squad clearly (they allowed him to be loaned out twice already, instead of using him themselves). Liverpool could certainly use an extra midfielder during the current injury crisis which has seen more than 10 players out injured this season and still several of them recovering during the transfer window.
One possibility that Real Madrid and Liverpool may be able to agree upon is a new loan spell for Cheryshev, this time for a Premier League club (Liverpool). With the players wages to pay alone, it would suit Liverpool to make a signing without needing to pay up at least £7M. Liverpool already have a loan player from this transfer window – Steven Caulker, who is working out quite well. Klopp would surely have no problem in agreeing the same kind of deal for this player.
We’ll not have long to wait until we can find out who Liverpool may sign in the closing hours of the Transfer Window. Any new signings will be announced in the next day or so. We’ll bring you the news on our final squad. Just sit back and wait.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.