3 Apr 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool pushing to sign 'important' €10m attacker hailed by Ronaldo/Zidane

Last season, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Real Madrid star Lucas Vasquez, and new reports on Sunday suggest that Jurgen Klopp is also interested in bringing the Spanish midfielder to Anfield.

In March 2015, the Daily Express claimed that Vasquez was 'keen to move to Anfield', and that Liverpool were 'desperate' to sign him.

According to Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport today:

"Vasquez is on Klopp's transfer list, and the German boss has studies him for some time, even last season [on loan] at Espanyol".

When specifically asked about Liverpool's interest at the time of the speculation, Vasquez told Spanish newspaper AS:

"Future with Liverpool? I don't know what the future holds. For now, I want to have fun, play, and continue to improve. "

Some info about €10m-rated Vasquez:

* Right-winger, who can also play on the left. Current contract expires: 2020

* 24 apps for Madrid this season (averages 44 minutes of playing time per game)

* 1 goals/8 assists in 24 apps (Goal every 1059 mins. Goal/assist every 117 mins)

* What kind of player is Vasquez? According to Espanyol sports director Oscar Perarnau: "We knew we needed a player like him, with great, great pace. We wanted someone who could score and create goals. He was the top scorer of his team, and also their assists."

* Zinedine Zidane's assessment: "Lucas Vazquez is important. He gives everything whenever he plays and he always competes that is a good thing for a coach".

Vazquez has a decent assists record for Madrid this season, but this deal has Luis Alberto MK 2 written all over it. Like Alberto, Vazquez:

* Is cheap, and comparatively unknown, with minimal experience of top flight football.

* Plied his trade in the Spanish second division (for Real Madrid's B team), and grabbed 23 goals/assists in 66 appearances. Alberto contributed 29 goals/assists in 36 games for Barcelona B, but he struggled to make an impact at Anfield (though to be fair, Rodgers rarely gave him a consistent run in the team).

That said, Vazquez appears to have more about him than Alberto, and he recently received a vote of confidence from Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo:

"I thought Lucas Vázquez was great too. He's a great asset for the team, playing well and fighting when he gets a chance."

Worth a bid?

Author: Jaimie K


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