14 Mar 2014

Yes Please: BR to make offer for 'outstanding' Brazil star with £75m buyout clause.

Left-back continues to be a problem position for Liverpool FC, and with Jose Enrique on the long-term injury list, and Aly Cissokho seemingly on his way out of Anfield at the end of the season, Brendan Rodgers is reportedly targeting Barcelona left back Adriano Correia to fill the void.

According to reports in Spain today:

* Brendan Rodgers wanted to replace Cissokho in January, but couldn't find a suitable option.

* Rodgers is willing to offer £6million to sign to get the 29-year-old at the end of the season.

Despite the rise of Jordi Alba, Adriano - who has a £75m (€90m) buyout clause in his contract - has made 28 starts for Barcelona this season (all competitions), and in an interview last week, he seemed positive about his role in the team. He told ESPN:

"I am happy with the manager for the trust he's placed in me. He has confidence in me, and I'm also playing in different positions for the team"

Info about Adriano

* 133 apps for Barca in 4 seasons.
* Averages 33 apps a season.
* 17 apps for the Brazil national team.
* 29 goals/assists in 133 apps for Barca.
* Goal/Assist ever 4.5 games.
* Current contract expires 2017.

This season (League and CL)

* 1258 passes.
* 90% passing accuracy.
* 16 key passes.
* 46 successful tackles (2.2 per game)
* 53 interceptions (2.4 per game)
* 45 clearances ( 2.2 per game)

Adriano's versatility is probably one of the reasons Rodgers is (allegedly) interested, and in a recent interview, the Brazilian revealed the true extent of his positional flexibility. He told reporters:

“I’ve played as a winger. I’ve also been training at times as a central defender. I’ve spoken about a lot of things with him [Martino]. I’m always available for him, be it as a right-back, left-back, central defender, or as a winger.”

Former Barca boss Pepe Guardiola is also a fan of Adriano's versatility, and before leaving the Nou Camp, he raved:

“He [Adriano] is an outstanding player known for his versatility and [who] can play in four different positions"

Certainly sounds like a significant upgrade on Cissokho, but £6m? Sounds a little optimistic to me.

For me, the more skilful Brazilians in the squad, the better!



  1. ha ha, average at best

  2. Would much rather have Alberto Moreno from Sevilla.

  3. We all know FSG said nothing over 25 unless they are coming in for free

  4. Ok, if you say you know they said that, prove it. Find the link to the article where they definitively state that, if you can do this, then I'll believe that, if not, then I take this at yet another dig at FSG by ignorant fans who because they are American, put them in the same basket as H&G. Of course the owners would prefer younger players, frankly who wouldn't? Older players, while although they may come with a cheaper transfer fee, they also generally come with much higher wages, but of course there will be exceptions to this rule. If for instance we had the chance to sign Messi, who is 26, we would jump at the chance. Likewise, if we got the chance to sign another top class player above the age of 25 as you state, then we would jump at the chance too.

  5. splendidly put

  6. 29 yrs old... don't think so!!!