2 Aug 2015

€22m Offer: Liverpool determined to sign 'super-fast' La Liga 'phenomenon' to replace Sterling

In July, multiple reports claimed that Liverpool were planning an official bid for contacted Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev, and with Robert Firmino already in the bag, reports this weekend suggest that the Reds are taking concrete steps to sign the Russian attacker.

According to The Telegraph today:

* Liverpool are 'determined to sign' Cheryshev to replace Raheem Sterling.

* The Reds are planning to submit a €22m (£14.9m) offer.

* The Reds are willing to include a buy-back clause in the deal to secure the transfer.

Some info about Cheryshev:

* Left-winger, who spent last season on loan at Villareal.

* Missed the end of the season with a hamstring injury.

* 5 injuries in the last two years: 3x hamstring, plus a serious muscle injury (out for 122 days), and a fractured toe.

* 39 games missed through in injury in the last two seasons.

* Made only one senior appearance for Madrid before being farmed out on loan.

* 2014-15: 7 goals/11 assists in 40 games for Villareal (Goal/assist every 2.2 games)

* 7 apps for the Russia national team.

* According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo: "Cheryshev is powerful, super-fast, and is one of Villareal's most dangerous attackers".

When asked in early-April about whether he'd return to Madrid next season, Cheryshev told Marca:

"Real Madrid haven’t told me anything about coming back yet. The only thing I want to do is play football. Right now I feel very well and after the pre-season tour of Australia, we'll see what will happen".

In May, Villareal vice-president Jose Manuel Llaneza confirmed that the club want to keep Cheryshev:

"We want to have Denis Cheryshev on loan for another season he is a phenomenon, and Villarreal will make an effort to get that done but the outcome is uncertain".

Last month, however, Cheryshev insisted again that he's unsure about his future:

"I have no idea as to what is going to happen. Villarreal hope to have my services next season but that's all. I don't know where I'll be next season."

Cheryshev's goals/assists ratio is only slightly better than Sterling's, and his recent injury history is a massive concern; The last thing Liverpool need is another player who regularly suffers niggling injury issues.

With Firmino now on board, the need for another attacking midfield is seemingly less pressing, though it all depends on how Rodgers plans to deploy the Brazilian. Is he a replacement for Sterling, or Luis Suarez?

If Liverpool are genuinely seeking another attacking midfielder, then Andriy Yarmolenko remains my preferred choice.

Yes, I keep banging this drum, but I can't understand why Liverpool are not pulling out all the stops to sign the consistently prolific attacker, who recently confirmed that he wants to 'change clubs this summer.

Author: Jaimie K


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