31 Oct 2012

Game over! LFC must pay €40m for 'great' La Liga attacker. Grossly overpriced?

Liverpool are set to be priced out of a move for Malaga midfielder Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (aka Isco) as the La Liga club are reportedly set to offer the Spaniard a bumper contract extension.

Liverpool sent senior scout Barry Hunter to watch the exciting Spanish starlet in his Champions League debut against Zenit St. Petersburg recently, a game in which the 20-year old scored two impressive goals.

According to Marca, Malaga owner sheikh Abdullah Al Thani is worried about the possibility of losing Isco, so he travelled to Spain this week to basically throw money at the player in a bid to stop him from leaving.

The proposed contract extension contains the following upgrades:

- €40 million release clause (currently at €21 million)
- €1.5 million in wages (currently on €400,000)
- Two year contract extension (current contract ends June 2016)

Liverpool only had a slim chance of signing Isco in the first place, but if the contract extension goes through then the club can basically forget it!

In a recent interview, Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini - who was once linked with a move to Anfield - was was asked about interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, and although he dodged the question, he did admit:

"He is a player who has a great future. Nobody knows what his limit is"

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. 0 chance of getting such players anymore. until we are back in the CL, we can forget isco and the likes.

  2. Hope our scouting department now is strong enough to find players of such quality for much less money.

  3. ...and get them at 15 or 16, like we did with Shelvey,Sterling & Suso

  4. He is a Malaga boy, in terms of childhood. So wouldn't be surprising if he wanted to stay at least for a few more seasons as he has plenty of time, regardless of who comes knocking. But of course, if Malaga have money troubles again, than he may have to move sooner rather than later. Out of all the players they got, makes sense for them to make the effort with Isco.

  5. He is a lovely player. However £40 is way too much. Then again Hulk went to Zenit for a crazy fee also. There is a huge difference nowadays between market value and actual player value.

    Can't see him come to us.

  6. Fair swop would be 35million pound Carrol plus 5 million in cash for Isco...hardly seems overpriced to me. :)

  7. Oh come on, its been 1 hour at least since FdotM posted this and no one has done a light-hearted comment at FdotM's £40 value of Isco yet (Yes, I realise that it probably meant £40m) ;)

  8. Yeah the biggest problem with Liverpool is that we do not know how to compete at the highest level for the creme de la creme of top class players. We don't have the buying power like we used to. If Malaga want to raise some quick funds they might want to offload Isco. Though the club is looking to offer him an improved contract I don't believe that they will keep him if another club is willing to meet the release clause on the player's contract. He represents a cash cow for Malaga. I would love to see John Henry who claims that he is not looking for a "quick fix" as he put it when he refused to make monies available to buy Clint Dempsey in the summer throw all caution to the wind and pursue this young player. Isco is not in the Dempsey category as he is not a quick fix. He knows he might be just the player we need to take over from a 32 year old Gerrard one day.

  9. HAHA! Mate that made me laugh lol! Yup I meant £40m lol!

    Although I would not pay £40 for Carroll :0P

  10. Your not the only one! ;)

  11. Will he sign him for new buyout clause in summer? No chance in hell.