13 Apr 2016

Top Transfer: Liverpool chase 'exceptional' €15m international with amazing stats. Offer made already in December

Several months ago, Liverpool reportedly made an offer for Paris St. German goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, and new reports this week suggest the Reds are still tracking the 28-year old 'stopper.

In December, French Sports portal Footmercato claimed:

"A source close to the player claims that Liverpool have contacted Sirigu's representatives with an offer".

According to reports in France:

* Sirigu is 'seriously concerned' about his future, and wants a transfer this summer.

* Liverpool are planning another offer 'in the coming weeks'.

PSG are definitely willing to let €51m-rated Sirigu leave, and deputy sporting director Olivier Letang confirmed this earlier in the season:

"If Sirigu wants to leave, we won't stand in his way".

Some info about Sirigu:

* Current contract expires in June 2018. Averages 45 games a season over the last five years. 15 appearances for the Italy national team.

* Currently sidelined by PSG, and has made just seven starts all season (all of which resulted in wins).

* PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi's assessment: "We are very proud...of Salvatore, an exceptional goalkeeper and a remarkable human being".

Al-Khalaifi is right - Sirigu is an 'exceptional' performer for PSG, and when it comes to primary stats, he's a clear upgrade on Mignolet:

SIRIGU vs. MIGNOLET

Goals Conceded

* SS: 146 conceded in 186 games at PSG (0.8 per game/1 every 114 mins)

* SM: 164 conceded in 141 games at LFC (1.2 per games/1 every 78 mins)

Clean Sheets

* SS: 82 in 146 games (56% of games/1 every 203 mins).

* SM: 45 in 117 games (32% of games/1 every 286 mins)

Shot-Stopping (Last 3 seasons)

* SS: Saved 76% of shots on target.

* SM: Saved 67% of shots target.

Clearly, Sirigu is too good to be wasting away on the bench. Any goalkeeper who consistently concedes less than one goal a game (and keeps a clean sheet more than 50% of the time) is worth a serious look.

In the last 3 seasons alone, Sirigu has kept 82 clean sheets in 146 apps (1 every 203 mins). Of all the goalkeepers linked with Liverpool over the last year, only Timo Horn comes close to this level of consistency and effectiveness.

Worth a bid?

Author: Jaimie K



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