26 May 2016

Transfer Breakthrough: Liverpool closer to signing 'unbelievable' £15m sensation who wants LFC transfer

After weeks of speculation, Liverpool are reportedly close to sealing a cut-price deal for Leicester City starlet Ben Chilwell.

Two weeks ago, multiple reports claimed Liverpool is Chilwell's 'preferred destination'. Soon after, The Mirror claimed the Jurgen Klopp had 'won the race' to sign Chilwell, and according to the Daily Mail today:

"Liverpool are to make a £4m offer for Ben Chilwell this week. Leicester rejected £5m from Arsenal in January and LFC may improve their offer if the initial one is rejected".

So, let's get this straight:

* Leicester reject a £5m bid, which, correct me if I'm wrong (as I may be way off base here), means the club is unwilling to sell at that price.

* After in-depth consideration of all the options, Liverpool's cunning plan is to...submit a lower bid than the offer already rejected.

Gosh. What a stunningly imaginative strategy. Clearly, Liverpool's transfer policy is in good hands, and I'd advise anyone reading this to take notes on such a foolproof approach to transfer negotiation.

But seriously: what is the point in lowballing Leicester if they've already rejected a higher bid? It serves no purpose, and just leads to a waste of everyone's time. Some info about Chilwell:

* Left-back. Graduated from Leicester's academy. Current contract expires: 2016. 3 senior apps for Leicester (cup competitions). No league appearances.

* Jan 2016: Channelling his inner-Brendan Rodgers, Claudio Ranieri raved: "He [Chilwell] was fantastic [Against Spurs]. It was unbelievable. He had a great match. He was sure and outstanding".

I remain unenthused at the prospect of Alberto Moreno being replaced by a 19-year old with only 3 senior appearances to his name, but if Liverpool can sign Chilwell for £6m-£8m, then the bulk of the fee will be covered by the sales of Jordan Rossiter, and Jerome Sinclair, which makes it basically risk-free.

Leicester reportedly want £15m+, though, so a lowball deal is unlikely to happen. After all, if Southampton can get £28m Luke Shaw (18 at the time of his Man Utd transfer), then Leicester will feel that £15m is fair price.

Liverpool have reportedly made an official offer for Lorient left-back Raphael Guerreiro, so perhaps Jurgen Klopp's plan is to sign two left backs, with Chilwell lined up to be Guerreiro's understudy...?


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