4 Nov 2015

Mega-Deal: Klopp wants €35m 'New Ronaldo' who'd be 'honoured' to play for Liverpool

During the January transfer window, Liverpool reportedly considered putting in a last-ditch transfer offer for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, and new reports this week suggest that the coveted striker is back on the Reds' transfer wish-list.

According to Calcio Mercato this week:

* Liverpool continue to monitor Icardi's progress.

* Roberto Mancini wants to keep Icardi, but if a deal goes through, Inter will not sell for anything less than €35m.

This is not the first time Liverpool have been linked with Icardi, who, according to his agent, 'has the talent to be the new Ronaldo':

JULY 2013: The Daily Mail claimed: "Liverpool have enquired about Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi".

AUG 2013: sources in Italy claimed that that the Reds planned to make a €30m offer for the 21-year old striker.

NOV 2013: reports in Italy claimed that Liverpool were planning a massive €35m (£28m) move for Icardi.

JAN 2015: The Express claimed Chelsea and Liverpool were planning £30m bids for Icardi.

FEB 2015: When asked about the rumours, Icardi told reporters: "If the rumours about United, Chelsea and Liverpool were real, I would be honoured because they are big clubs".

Some info about Icardi:

* Spent 3 years at Barcelona before his €400k move to Sampdoria.

* Last season: 36 goals/assists in 48 apps for Inter (goal/assist every 1.3 games)

* Overall: 51 goals/assists in 80 games (Goal/assist every 1.5 games)

* In a recent interview, Icrdi reveals he wants to 'be like Gabriel Batistuta'

* Ex-Inter Boss Walter Mazzari is convinced that 'perfect' Icardi is destined for great things, but in a recent interview, he sounded a note of caution: "If he [Icardi] can get some flaws out of his game, he can be a great player. He just has to focus. Footballers are professionals and he mustn't forget that."

36 goals/assists in Italian football is no mean feat, but is Icardi really worth €35m?

In his entire career, Jurgen Klopp has never paid that amount of money for a player, and I doubt he's going to start splurge €35m on a comparatively inexperienced player when he can probably unearth a similarly effective player for one-fifth of the price.

The elephant in the room is, of course, Liverpool's poor record of success with players from Serie A, but that has to change sometime...right?

Author: Jaimie K



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