TRANSFER WEEK 6
The weeks fly by and the transfers keep happening. We’re all excited to see our new squad members in action and Liverpool have begun their “World Tour” already and have headed to Thailand with recent signings Dany Ings, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and more. No Raheem Sterling, though and we’ll talk about that and lets talk some more about other players that have been linked with the club, too.
Raheem Sterling OUT!
I’ll start with the latest news about a player who has caused much controversy with the club.
Raheem Sterling has officially been sold to Manchester City for a total fee of £49M – which includes £45M up front and about £4M of “additional fees based on appearances”, which would be paid later as long as Sterling plays a certain amount of games for his new club.
Liverpool have shown interest in this talented player for a while, now. The Italian has interested us just as much as Balotelli did in fact, though this player always seemed fairly content with playing in Serie A and we were unlikely to be able to lure him away from his home country, which he has never played outside of since the start of his professional career in 2001.
We were never the only club with eyes on him and Arsenal also showed their interest in pursuing the player (even if they were just scouting him and not actually making bids, it’s still “interest”) but recent news on this player suggests he will in fact not make a move to the English Premier League and is far more likely to transfer to French club Monaco. The club have been reported to have been offered (and accepted by now) a bid of £11M in the last week for El Shaarawy and the player himself was quoted as saying “I had to make a decision in 24 hours. But I think I made the right choice for my career”. His choice it seems, was to refuse any offers (or just to make clear that no more offers were needed to be made) from the Premier League clubs interested in him and to move to France to play his football from the next season onwards. I would have liked to see what he could offer our club and if he could have partnered fellow Italian Mario Balotelli, which would have been exciting to watch but I hope he does well in a new country and a new league entirely to what he is used to. Good luck, Stephan.
Spanish Barcelona forward Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma (more commonly known as simply “Pedro”) has been attracting the interest of Premier League clubs, also. The drawback of being a squad member for the Spanish giants Barca has been that he gets to make very few appearances due to the club having such superstars as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all in contention for the same positions that he would play in. Only appearing 15 games last season, he seems to have gotten increasingly frustrated at being a substitute or worse (not being a part of the 18 man squads at all) and has been reported to want regular first team football, suggesting that a transfer to another club is highly likely for Pedro. Paris Saint Germain, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all have our eyes on the Spaniard and the player is said to have a £22M buy-out clause in his contract.
Any club that meets this price will instantly have the right to hopefully agree personal terms with Pedro and then make the transfer complete with a medical if he can do this, which shouldn’t be a problem for someone who simply wants regular action on the pitch. The transfer fee met and a simple promise to play him as much as possible in a team, the transfer would be able to be completed and he should be happy at a new club. Amazingly, the buy-out clause in Pedro’s contact was originally set at 150 Million Euros but was dramatically decreased (upon agreement by both club and player) after the player became unhappy with his place at the club and wanted to attract offers from more clubs who could never pay out that much money on a single player. Pedro was quoted as saying “That’s true, both the club and I decided to reduce the clause and it’s true there are offers. I’m in a difficult situation at Barcelona”.
I know Liverpool will now more seriously consider making an offer in light of the recent reduction of this buy-out clause. If we go through with this, I’ll be sure to let you know. For now, we just wait and see if other attackers are brought to the club or if Pedro will be the one that gets that honour by the end of the transfer window.
This player has been known to play a large part of his career in his native homeland, Germany.
From 1990, he had been a part of German youth teams and eventually gone on to represent senior German teams such as Stuttgart and Bayern Munich. From 2013 however he made an unexpected move out of Germany to Italy as Fiorentina decided to pay a 20 Million Euros transfer fee for him and he joined his first Italian club in his career. After suffering some serious injuries however, he only got to play 47 games and score 14 times for his latest club. Certainly not as impressive as his time in Germany, but it may motivate him to move on or at least try playing in a different country once more. A new fresh start.
It seems now he’d welcome another move though the transfer that has been spoken about is not permanent – both Fiorentina and Liverpool have been reported to be involved with attempting to reach an agreement with a potential loan deal that would see Mario Balotelli play on loan for Fiorentina in Italy as Gomez joins Liverpool to play in the English Premier League (and our Europa League and domestic cups campaigns).
Though neither player has been very vocal about this possibility, more may be happening between the two clubs than we are aware of as they have reportedly been very busy trying to make this transfer work out for both clubs and players. It’s possible we’ll see it happen although I have already been quite outspoken about how I would love to see Balotelli seize a chance to show improvements at our club and put in better performances in his second season for Liverpool. (see anfieldfamily.com/mario-2/ for more info on that). He has however been left out of the “world tour” games that are coming up shortly and the exclusion from that squad seems to point to the fact that Brendan Rodgers simply has no intention of using him at all this season. This loan deal could be Mario’s biggest chance at first team football and in his home country, no less. He’d most likely seriously consider this. If the loan deal is eventually agreed upon, more news will be written about it here on Anfield Family.
José María Callejón Bueno (more commonly known as simply Jose Callejon or Callejon) was a product of Real Madrid’s youth system. He and his twin brother both were a part of the Spanish club’s youth teams and Jose eventually rose through the ranks to become a senior squad member for Los Blancos (Madrid). Having spent a large part of his career in Spain (also playing for Espanyol in La Liga), but eventually moving on to play in Italy most recently. Almost exactly two years ago, Napoli (who would have been managed by Spaniard Rafa Benitez) would make a bid for Callejon of 10 Million Euros. The bid was accepted and he’s been at Napoli since then, even being a part of the glorious Copa Italia win they had recently under Benitez’s management (and with Pepe Reina in goal).
Arsenal are reported to be seriously interested in signing Callejon also and it’s been suggested that they may currently be readying a bid of £18M for him and if Liverpool are to claim this player ahead of their Premier League rivals, they may need to act fast and ready a just as attractive offer for Napoli. If we don’t bid by the end of the transfer window for this player, you’ll be likely to see him still playing Premier League football – for the Gunners.
We’ll have more transfer news for you next week as the transfer window continues into the middle of July.
YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE, Anfield Family!
[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 (about 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