8 Aug 2015

Medical Completed? Liverpool close to signing €15m attacker; 54% of fans approve

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for Barcelona B attacker Adama Traore, who reportedly underwent a medical at Melwood this week, but given his youth and inexperience, is he a player who'll be welcomed by the fanbase?

In July, Catalan Radio station RAC 1 claimed that:

* Liverpool 'representatives' flew to Barcelona to 'negotiate' a deal for 19-year old Traore.

* Rodgers in interested in a loan deal for Traore, who is also reportedly wanted by German giants Bayern Munich.

Soon after, multiple reports in Spain and the UK reported that:

* Traore is 'on the verge' of becoming a Liverpool player.

* He was due to fly to Merseyside last week for a medical.

Whether the medical took place or not is unclear at this stage, but Barcelona's Technical secretary Roberto Fernandez confirmed on Friday that Traore is close to leaving. He told ESPN:

"He [Adama] could leave, but it is something he must decide himself. The market is like that."

Traore is a regular for Barcelona B, but he has made only FOUR senior appearances to date. Despite that, Liverpool fans are still in favour of the signing.

I recently conducted a poll asking fans if the Reds should sign Traore, and the results are as follows:

Some info about Traore:

* Right-sided attacking midfielder who can also play on the left.

* Current contract expires in June 2018.

* 8 goals/18 assists in 63 games for Barcelona B.

* 4 appearances for the Barcelona first-team.

* 18 appearances for various Spain youth teams.

* Has a €15m release clause in his contract.

* Nicknamed 'The Arrow' due to his lighting pace.

* On his development at Barcelona: "I think a lot of the reason for my progression lies with the coaches I have had here at Barca as they have told me how to improve, which is what I try to do."

Do Liverpool need Traore? At first glance, the answer appears to be no. Bringing him in may potentially stunt Jordon Ibe's development, and will be (another) slap in the face to similar players toiling away in Liverpool's academy.

Plus, there's the Luis Alberto factor to consider:

* Alberto was also a regular for Barcelona B.

* In the season prior to his Liverpool move, Albert grabbed 29 goals/assists in 38 games.

* Last season, Traore contributed 17 goals/assists in 37 games for Barcelona B, which is far less prolific.

Alberto crashed and burned at Liverpool, and given their similar history, it's possible that Traore may go the same way.

Indeed, with the likes of Coutinho, Firmino, and Lallana in the squad, it's doubtful that the youngster will get many chances to play anyway, so what's the point?

That said, perhaps Rodgers wants to bring in Traore as a replacement for the woeful Lazar Markovic, who delivered another poor performance against Swindon last week?

Author: Jaimie K


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