9 Jan 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Klopp now free to sign 'fantastic' striker immediately...if Liverpool pay €50m

Liverpool are reportedly considering a January offer for one of Mexico's most coveted players.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record:

* Liverpool are interested in signing Benfica striker Raul Giminez.

* Benfica chief Luís Filipe Vieira will sell Giminez 'immediately' if any club offers €50m+

Some info about 25-year old Giminez:

* 6'3 center-forward, who can play on the left, and as a secondary striker. Contract expires: 2020

* Benfica: 20 goals/8 assists 63 apps (Goal every 122 mins. G/A every 87 mins (Averages just 38 mins of pitch time per game)

* International: 9 goals in 48 apps for Mexico national team.

* Sep 2015: Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez's assessment: “He [Giminez] is not your typical striker. He can score with either foot. He likes to be involved in the playmaking process, and I believe he has enough talent and quality to have a great run”.

* Mar 2016: Hailed by Andre Villas-Boas as an 'inspiration' for Benfica.

* May 2016: Jose Mourinho raved: "Raúl Jiménez is doing a fantastic job for Benfica. He is not an undisputed starter, but Benfica owes a lot to him for the goals he has scored".

Giminez's stats are impressive for someone who is, essentially, a bit-part player. This season, for example, he has been a sub and/or subbed off in 73% of games, and it was a similar pattern at Atletico Madrid. €50m for a perennial sub is nonsense, and I doubt Liverpool will pay that, but why would Giminez leave Benfica to continue being a bit-part player at Anfield?

I can't see Giminez dislodging Firmino - one of Klopp's clear favourites - as the club's first-choice centre-forward, and at the age of 25, the Mexican surely wants to establish himself somewhere as the go-to guy?

Giminez cost Benfica £22m last summer, which is a much more realistic transfer fee. Worth a bid?



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