12 Sept 2015

Transfer Revelation: Liverpool desperately tried to sign 'extraordinary' €70k-a-week midfielder this summer. Offers rejected

Since the transfer window closed, details have emerged of Liverpool's alleged attempts to sign several high-profile players, and reports in Italy this week suggest that Brendan Rodgers also tried to bring in a replacement for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Over the last two weeks, reports have claimed that Liverpool tried to sign Andriy Yarmolenko, and Son Heung-min, two players who would've immeasurably imprived the Reds squad.

Now, according to Milan News:

"Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo rejected an interesting proposal from Liverpool. The Reds tried to convince him to leave, but the midfielder refused every proposal".

This seems to fit with comments from Montolivo’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, who this week told reporters:

"There have been several teams asking about him [Montolivo], but neither us or Milan have taken any offers into consideration."

Liverpool were last linked with Montolivo in 2012 (during the dying throes of Kenny Dalglish's reign), and I wouldn't be surprised if, this time, Liverpool tried to wrangle some kind of deal involving Mario Balotelli, who re-joined Milan last week.

It's a good thing the deal failed, though, as Montolivo - who currently earns €70k-a-week at Milan - has a terrible injury history:

* 13 separate injuries in the last four season (Averages at least injuries a year)

* 419 days on the sidelines (53 games missed overall).

With this injury history, it's concerning that Liverpool were even considering Montolivo, especially with injury-prone players like Sturridge, Lallana, and Sakho already in the squad.

Additionally, Montolivo - hailed by Italy legend Beppe Bergomi as an 'extraordinary' player - is 31 in a few months, and after such an injury-ravaged history, his best years are probably behind him.

Italian players never prosper at Liverpool, and in recent years, Aquilani, Dossena, and Borini are perfect examples of this, so again, it's probably a good idea that this particular deal failed.

Bullet dodged?

Author: Jaimie K


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