TRANSFER WEEK 8
It’s that time again. A look back at the past week worth of linked footballers that Liverpool fans may possibly see in their squad for the new season.
Benteke is officially a Liverpool player (our 7th confirmed signing) and we may yet have more to come play for us, so lets talk about them.
This player is a French left back who has spent his career so far playing in his home country, France. His previous clubs include Ligue 1 major sides such as Lille and Paris Saint Germain.
We’ve brought in a couple of defensive players so far in this transfer window, but this one could be the biggest of them all if he signs for us. He has won a World Cup in the last couple of years technically, but before you say “Germany won the World Cup in Brazil”, it was not the senior team World Cup – it was for France under-20s team. The under-20s tournament is held separately to the senior team’s tournament.
Digne is now 22 years old and has already matured into a fine defender, who has come to win quite the collection of medals with Paris Saint Germain including the Ligue 1 title and the French domestic cups. He will have played alongside players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi and helped defend against the best attackers of the French league, as his side went on to become champions.
Just like Karim Benzema, this French player was a product of Lyon’s squad and has gathered more than a little interest from Liverpool in recent seasons. He is without a doubt, a very talented player and could be the extra bit of firepower in our attacking line we might need for the new season. Daniel Sturridge is working hard to get back to 100% fitness with medical experts in America assisting him in his recovery, but if we need someone else to fill in for him by August 9th (when Liverpool play their first Premier League game of the season) then it may be necessary to complete a signing of another striker before that date.
There are currently reports that say Liverpool have put in a bid of over £21M for this player and that we are ready to bring him to the club if our offer is accepted. If it turns out to be rejected, hey – we still have Danny Ings and Divock Origi and Christian Benteke to fill the striker’s positions. Some might say that’s enough, already.
Like Lucas Digne, this guy was one of the Under 20s World Cup winners for France in 2013.
Another superstar French youngster (we seem to have several of these on our transfer target list), he’d be a welcome addition to the squad. The club that has been most linked with him is actually Tottenham Hotspurs, but rumour has it that Spurs midfield is packed with superstars already – they really might not use him an awful lot and he would be likely to be substituted more times than he’d want to, most footballers want regular first team football. Liverpool could probably offer that to him (if Rodgers is willing to give far less playing time to Joe Allen, even though he is a fan of him and has played him for more than one club) and it might make us the more preferable choice, for the player who wants to play. So, we may have to put in a bid bigger than the £10M already offered by Tottenham, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
Our owners (FSG) have proven their worth and stability in the transfer market many times over. Nobody could say that they wouldn’t be willing to pay the money, they know what he’s worth and what he could provide for the club. FSG are smart businessmen. He’d be considered an “investment” to them, I’m sure. Every player that joins us is one step closer to helping us achieve success for the club, which is our (including the owners) ultimate goal. When that happens, your investments have officially paid off. Time will tell if Liverpool are going to make this particular investment or not.
This player is a talented Frenchman (what did I say earlier about Liverpool being interested in lots of French players?) who is currently playing for Italian giants, Juventus.
From the start of his career in youth teams around 2002, he had played in France exclusively. He would make his way through the ranks of Paris Saint Germain’s youth sides and eventually represented them at a senior level, if only for a few matches. By the summer of 2014, Juventus had noticed his talent and offered him a 5 year deal to play in Italy. He accepted the deal, and since then has gone on to represent them 14 times and has scored a single goal for them already.
Though he had the opportunity and expectations to play far more than 14 games in a full season, which may be frustrating for him. He’s highly regarded as a talented youngster and Liverpool could well offer him a place in their midfield, which would be an attractive offer to a player who wants to play regularly, instead of ending up on the substitute bench. Though we are not the only club with eyes on this player (Arsenal are reported to have scouted him) we would most likely seem to the best choice available to him if he decided that he is not happy with the very limited amount of games he’ll get to play in Italy. No bids have been made for the player just yet, but give it some time. Wait it out and see if we can lure him to England by the end of the transfer window in September.
Jose is quickly attracting more and more interest from Premier League clubs. We’ve had our eyes on him for a while, but latest to join the pack of clubs who have shown interest in signing him are Tottenham Hotspurs while Chelsea and Arsenal also have scouted him in addition to Liverpool.
One thing is for sure – he’s talented. Described as a “goalscorer” by most people, he is likely to provide a constant flow of goals for whoever he’ll play for eventually. Rafa Benitez no longer is in charge of the Napoli side that won the Copa Italia and with his departure, will likely come Callejon’s departure and it seems that England is the most commonly linked country that is going to attract to him to his future club.
Valued at around £15M, we could see that valuation rise quickly as a bidding war on this player could happen between at least 4 English sides and perhaps another surprise European side, he’s of value to anyone who has taken a look at his scoring record and noticed his success in recent years. Wait and see who makes the biggest bid to secure a much wanted player for the coming season.
That’s all for now, Reds. More transfer talk next week. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family!
[Written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 1980s). 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 have been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.