16 Mar 2016

Anfield Boost: Agent invites 'big offer' for €20m Liverpool target; confirms transfer is possible

With 5 clean sheets in the last 7 games, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is in the midst of good period of form, but he still needs to be replaced, and it appears that Reds target Mattia Perin is looking for a new club this summer.

Liverpool were last linked with Perin in January, when the Daily Telegraph claimed:

"Jurgen Klopp is going head-to-head with Man Utd for [Perin's] signature. Klopp has lost faith in Adam Bogdan and may be tempted into spending".

When asked last night about Perin's future, his agent, Matteo Roggi, suggested that a summer transfer may be on the cards. He told Radio CRC:

"I hope that Perin can play for a big club. However, if Genoa sell him they won't give him away. He will leave for a big offer."

In this case, what constitutes a 'big offer'? During the 2013-14 season, Roggi told Radio Toscana:

"If teams do want to sign him [Perin], they will have to spend about €20m [£16m] to get him".

A €20m transfer fee would make Perin the fourth most expensive goalkeeper in history (after Buffon, Neuer, and Toldo), which seems unlikely in light of the fact top 'keepers like Cech, De Gea, Lloris, and Bravo cost significantly less.

How does Perin stack up against Mignolet? Primary stats comparison:

Mignolet

* Goals Conceded: 157 goals in 136 games (One every 79 mins)

* Clean Sheets: 45 (One every 276 mins/33% of games)

* Saves: 339 (One every 36 mins)

Perin

* Goal Conceded: 119 goals in 94 games (One every 71 mins)

* Clean Sheets: 25 (One every 339 mins/27% of games)

* Saves: 312 (One every 27 mins)

As the stats show, Mignolet's minutes per goal conceded ratio is superior, as is his clean sheet record. As such, I don't see how it makes sense to spend €20m on a 'keeper with worse primary stats.

Author: Jaimie K



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