29 Mar 2016

Anfield-bound? After transfer talks, Liverpool keen to sign 'incredible' €25m international to replace Moreno

With Alberto Moreno, Nathaniel Clyne, Jon Flanagan, Brad Smith, and Conor Randall in the squad, Liverpool appear to be well-covered in the full-back positions, but the Reds continue to be linked with new full-backs, and Raphael Guerreiro is once again part of the transfer conversation.

In January, CalcioNews24 claimed that Liverpool 'opened transfer talks' with FC Lorient regarding the transfer of Guerreiro, and according to a weekend report in the Daily Mail:

* Liverpool are 'keen' to bring in Guerreiro to replace Alberto Moreno.

* Jurgen Klopp has monitored Guerreiro since he was coach at Borussia Dortmund

Some info about Guerreiro:

* Left back, who, according to Caen youth coach, Philippe Tranchant, 'can play almost anywhere', including left or right wing. Contract expires: June 2017

* 18 goals/assists in 103 games for Lorient (One every 469 minutes). 3 appearances for the Portugal national team.

* Jun 2014: Caen youth coach Patrice Garande raved: "Guerreiro has incredible potential, and is very versatile. I am not surprised by his progress. The boy will have a great career"

* Aug 2015: Lorient president Loic Fery insisted that Guerreiro 'is worth €25m' in the transfer market, and admitted that he is available 'for the right price'.

* Four Four Two Magazine's assessment: "Rarely caught out of position, he [Guerreiro] has the legs and the stamina to get up and down the flank with ease, and the lightning pace to recover and attack".

Liverpool may be interested, but even if Guerreiro signs for the Reds, it'll only be a stepping stone for him until he achieves his real dream:

"My dream is to play for Real Madrid. When you’re a footballer you can’t be indifferent to the history of that club".

If Liverpool sign Guerreiro, it will surely be another nail in the coffin of Brad Smith, who will have also have Clyne and Flanagan - both of whom are significantly more experienced - for competition. The truth is that if Klopp trusted Smith - or even rated him highly - Liverpool wouldn't be looking at yet another left-back.

Author: Jaimie K


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