4 Feb 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool submitted €30m offer for 'dangerous' striker 'honoured' by Klopp's interest

On transfer deadline day, TuttoSport claimed that Liverpool registered late interest in Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, and new reports this week claim that Reds made a concrete offer to sign the Argentinian striker.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sera:

* Liverpool had a €30m bid Icardi rejected on deadline day.

* Inter allegedly turned down the offer as they were unable to find a replacement in time.

In February, Icardi - who, according to his agent, 'has the talent to become to new Ronaldo' - admitted that he'd be 'honoured' to play for Liverpool, so the interest makes sense.

However, I doubt that the offer got rejected due to replacement issues. Inter Chief Erick Thohir recently insisted that 'dangerous' Icardi won't be sold anything less than €40m, and Liverpool's lowball bid is well below that.

Additionally, even Icardi has is having issues with Roberto Mancini, he is the club's captain, and it seems unlikely that Inter will dump him just six months into the season, especially after he smashed in 36 goals/assists in 48 games last year.

Is Icardi even worth €40m [£30m]? Well, if Anthony Martial is worth £58m, then the Argentine - who has vastly superior creative output - is a comparative bargain.

That said, Inter legend Christian Vieri recently criticised Icardi's lack of movement/running up-front, and that doesn't sound like the kind of player who'd thrive in a Jurgen Klopp team.

Still, I'd take Icardi over Origi, Ings, and Benteke every day of the week, and if this story is true, perhaps the Reds will return in the summer?

Author: Jaimie K


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