6 Feb 2016

Price Crash: Liverpool can sign 'magic' attacker admired by Klopp for cut-price £12.5m.

In May 2015, Liverpool were linked with a move for Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic, and with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a confirmed admirer of the powerhouse attacker, a cut-price transfer could be on the cards this summer if the Reds reignite interest.

According to The Telegraph today:

"Arnautovic...has a £12.5m buy-out clause in his contract that can be triggered in July and leave the Potters powerless".

In his pre-Stoke press conference last month, Klopp enthused:

"Marco Arnautovic has made really good development. I know him from Germany - he’s a big talent, and now everyone can see how strong he can be".

Ex-Red Jamie Redknapp is also a fan of 'magic' Arnautovic, and in a recent column for the Daily Mail, he claimed:

"He [Arnautovic] is the whole package now in terms of defending, attacking and goals. If a top-four club were going to take anyone in January, it would be Arnautovic. Stoke bought him for £2million but you can put a zero on that now".

£20m? You're having a laugh. If Arnautovic was English, then the extortionate premium attached to buying British players may push his fee to that level, but I can't see any top Premier club paying that kind of money. However, £12.5m is a different, eminently affordable proposition. Stats for Stoke:

* 40 goals/assists in 98 apps (Goal/assist every 184 mins).

* This Season: 13 goals/assists in 28 apps (Goal/assist every 178 mins).

At Stoke, Arnautovic - who recently scored against Liverpool - basically averages one goal/assist every two games, which is a creditable return, and arguably worth the £12.5m transfer fee.

Additionally, like Andriy Yarmolenko, Arnautovic is tall (6'3) and strong, and he'd be a marked (and welcome) contrast to the small, physically weaker attackers who are regularly bullied off the ball for Liverpool.

Liverpool were interested in Arnautovic once, so there's a possibility the club may go in for him again, especially with the buyout clause in place. A viable transfer target this summer?

Author: Jaimie K


Post a Comment