1 Dec 2015

Price-Crash: Klopp can sign 'extraordinary' €15m playmaker who wants Liverpool transfer for just €8m

Liverpool are once again being linked with a January move for Fiorentina star Mario Suarez, and new reports suggest that the Spanish midfielder is available for a cut-price fee.

In October, Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato claimed:

"[Suarez] has instructed his agent to speak with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. If he leaves in January, Liverpool is Suarez's top choice".

According to Calcio Mercato today:

* Liverpool are planning a January move for Suarez, who is 'unsettled' in Italy.

* Fiorentina are willing to sell for a cut-price €8m fee, which is a 53% discount on his last reported valuation of €15m.

Some info about Suarez, who, according to his agent, is an 'extraordinary player':

* Current contract expires in June 2019.

* 183 apps for Atletico Madrid (5 goals/5 assists).

* Overall, averages 40 games a season.

* Only 3 appearances for the Spain national team.

* 4 major trophies, including a La Liga title.

* Struggling to hold down a regular place at Fiorentina, and is currently averaging only 54 minutes of pitch time per game.

* According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Suarez has a problematic relationship with Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa, and the club is consequently willing to sell.

Ex-Red Luis Garcia is a fan of Suarez, and when asked last season to name the one player he'd like to see Liverpool sign, he enthused:

"Mario Suárez. I love him. He'd be ideal for Liverpool [and] perfect for the Premier League. He is strong, with great physical presence [and] technique, and a touch of quality that makes the difference."

With Lucas in the squad, is it really worth bringing in another 28-year old defensive-midfielder? The cheaper option is to just keep the Brazilian, who is proving to be one of Liverpool's most effective players this season.

The Reds also have Emre Can, and Jordan Henderson in the squad, and if another top-class central midfielder arrives, it's not going to be Hendo looking over his shoulder.

Can's place is already under threat after the return of Henderson, and it'll only get worse if Klopp signs Suarez (or another central midfielder).

Author: Jaimie K


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