28 May 2013

'He's incredible' - LFC favourites to sign €10m 'Ghanaian Messi'. Needed...?

In August, Portuguese newspaper Jornal Record claimed that Liverpool were 'closely following' Porto winger Christian Atsu. Nothing came of the alleged interest, but now, the Reds have reportedly reignited their interest in the Ghanaian international.

According to Sky Sports:

"Liverpool are leading the race to sign Porto winger Christian Atsu.

"An unnamed Premier League club had tabled a bid for Atsu and it is understood that Liverpool are the team in question.

"Talks are thought to be continuing between the Reds and Porto".

21-year old Atsu - who won the Primeira Liga with Porto last week - has €10m buyout clause in his contract, but in recent months, he's fallen out of favour at the Estadio do Dragao due to a refusal to sign an extended contract.

A few months ago, Atsu revealed a long-term goal to play in the Premier League. he told reporters:

"I want to become a really useful player for the Black Stars and win the Champions League with my club and also to play in the Spanish or English league. This is what I really want to achieve"A

Former Leeds striker Tony Yeboah - who once scored an amazing goal against Liverpool at Elland Road - recently urged the youngster to consider a move to the Premier League. He told Pravda Sports:

"Looking at his [Atsu's] talent, I have no doubt that he could shine in the Premier League. I think he can achieve everything he wants to achieve in English football"

Atsu is reguarlaly labelled the 'Ghanaian Messi', but it's not a nickname he cares for, as he told BBC Sport recently:

"That tag ‘Messi’ doesn’t put any pressure on me. Messi is my idol. There's no Ghanaian Messi, there is no other Messi in this world. I can never play even one percent of what Messi is doing. It's impossible."

Marseille star Andre Ayew is convinced that Atsu is destined for great things. He told the BBC recently:

"Ghanaians put too much pressure on him [Atsu], but I believe that he's going to be a great player."

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan concurs:

"I've seen all three games that he has played for Ghana and he's been incredible. If he continues this way he's going to be a star."

Atsu's current contract expires in 2014. If the deal comes off, would he be a good addition to the squad...?

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. liverpool4life56511:35 am, May 28, 2013

    We've bid around 3 million if he signs then it be a good deal, he fast and has good feet, also we've bid for clement grenier too :-)

  2. lol him ans suarez on the same team :P will be fun :P

  3. It looks like ANDY CARROLL is going to lose us 15m.NEWCASTLE his preferred destination don't want to pay anywhere near our valuation.
    WEST HAM the ideal place for him football wise doesn't appeal to him long term.
    BR should make it very clear he doesn't have a future with us.I hope he accepts WEST HAM's deal so we can close this embarrassing transfer chapter and pick up a quality signing when he's sold!

  4. He is a good player with loads of potential. As his contract is expiring and he is refusing to sign one we might be able to get him for cheap. Doubt it will be as cheap as £3M though.

  5. Ghanian Messi! Welsh Xavi! Get us a Korean Puyol and we'll be building a nice little mutlicultural Barcelona

  6. Mr. Point Of View12:35 pm, May 28, 2013

    a replica Barcelona....a pirated Barcelona hahahaa....but if deliver same result i dont mind

  7. Today I read on Belgian teletext that Steven Duffour (remember him) wants to get a regular starting spot next season or he will consider his options. At the rate Porto players are either moving or linked with moves away from the club he shouldn't worry too much I'd say. If anything, it could be the case that it's just him and the goalie taking the field on opening day. Don't have a clue about this kid, can't tell much from the vid either. All I know is that there are thousands of talented kids out there and hundreds that would like to play for us. I'd prefer it if we first look in every corner if we can't find a scouse messi somewhere and then if we don't, look abroad.

  8. I've seen him play on a couple of occasions and he really stood out. The only problems with his game are his first touch and his final ball into the box; both of which are frustrating traits that tend to fizzle out great scoring opportunities. On the flip side, he's very fast, has great close control, and a fierce shot. For 3mil its a no-brainer but I wouldn't pay much more than that for him as there is still a lot of development he needs before becoming an established first team player at Anfield imo

  9. Kinda small...where are the defenders we need?

  10. Looked decent from the few games I've seen, despite the suspect end product and for £3m, decent option for the squad. One Porto player I'd like to see here is Mangala, the centre back. Robust, powerful, quick and versatile but decent on the ball for a CB too. Though probably wouldn't be cheap.

  11. Not too sure whether a Ghana international would like to play with Luis Suaréz.

  12. It doesn't matter who we get linked with people have seen the player play and not only that but can remember how he performed.
    I can't even remember any QPR players performance against us in our last match.Unless the players display is outstanding or we've been linked to the player, my recollection of how someone played is blank.I suppose YOUTUBE helps freshen the memory!

  13. Have to admit, I don't know much about the lad. I'd worry though because I want to see quality players come in this summer who are proven winners. Having pace and dribbling ability is all well and good, but for the style of football we want to be playing we need wingers who can add excellent crossing, and footballing intelligence off the ball to the team - otherwise we may just go for Scott Sinclair :/

  14. for the pay he will reicieve im sure he wont care one bit. Theres a few people down my street I cant stand, yet pay me 50k a week and I would happily work with them all day 7 days a week.

  15. Agreed. I got nothing against the lad but he dont fit here and if he stays just to warm the bench, which he knows thats all he will do then I will have something against him as he will be rinsing us for money and lowering his value so next year he can be sold to Newcastle for hardly anything.

  16. You are probably right. He might get some bad press back home, though, but who'd care for 50k a week?

  17. He might, but then again they might just be chuffed at the experience he will be gaining which will no doubt help them out a little, other than the fact he will now always picks up little injuries just before any friendlies they have to play..