26 Sept 2015

Transfer Update: Liverpool pushing to sign 'powerful' €22m attacking 'phenomenon'. Offer made over the summer

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Real Madrid 'phenomenon' Denis Cheryshev, who is reportedly desperate to quit the Bernabeu in January.

In August, The Telegraph claimed that Liverpool were planning a €22m offer for Cheryshev, and soon after, Marca claimed that the Reds had already put in an offer for the Russian winger.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato today:

* Liverpool, Valencia, and Zenit St. Petersburg remain keen on signing Cheryshev.

* The 24-year old is desperate to quit Madrid after being granted just 13 minutes of football this season.

With Bale and Ronaldo in the squad, it's hardly surprising that Cheryshev is struggling for game time, and earlier this month, he revealed his unhappiness at being marginalised at Madrid:

"Benitez hasn't explained to me why he didn't pick me in the first two games. It's an unpleasant situation, but I'll continue working hard to earn minutes. I won't relax because if I relax then I won't get my way."

Some info about Cheryshev:

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

* 5 injuries in the last two years (39 games missed): 3x hamstring, plus a serious muscle injury (out for 122 days), and a fractured toe.

* 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".

* Sep 2015: Confirmed that he could've left Madrid over the summer: "There were clubs that were interested in me, but Madrid were not willing to part with me and wanted to keep me".

Cheryshev's goals/assists ratio is creditable, but his recent injury history is a massive concern; the last thing Liverpool need is another player who regularly suffers niggling injury issues.

Liverpool need attacking players who can offer genuine width, but if Rodgers persists with three at the back (which seems to be the preferred tactical approach), Cheryshev will probably end up playing as a wing-back (!)

That's if, of course, Rodgers is still in charge next year...

Author: Jaimie K


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