13 Feb 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool chase 'extraordinary' €45m Brazilian who wants to play for Klopp

Earlier this season, reports in France claimed that Jurgen Klopp was actively pursuing 'extraordinary' PSG winger Lucas Moura, and new reports suggest that the Reds are still tracking the 23-year old Brazil international.

In December, multiple reports claimed that

* Liverpool had 'made contact' with PSG to discuss the the possibility of a signing Moura (who allegedly wants to play for Klopp).

* Klopp asked the LFC hierarchy to buy Moura for next season.

According to Le10 Sport this week:

* Liverpool are still targeting [Lucas Moura] for a transfer in the summer, and PSG are willing to sell.

* The Reds have made it 'clear' to Moura that he is a top transfer target.

One of Liverpool's biggest problems is the consistent failure of the club's attacking midfielders to regularly score/create goals, but will Moura be any different?

The Brazilian - who cost PSG €45m - plays for one of Europe's biggest clubs, so he's experienced the pressure that comes with relentless expectation, but his stats are middling at best:

* 21 goals/36 assists (57) in 149 apps (Goal every 425 mins/Assist every 248 mins)

* This season: 12 goals/assists in 35 games (1 every 167 mins).

* Never scored more than 8 goals in one season (all competitions) for PSG.

Is this worth the extortionate fee Liverpool will inevitably have to pay to seal the deal? Absolutely not, IMO. A goal every 425 minutes is poor, and if Moura struggles to consistently score in French football, it's unlikely that he'll do any better in the Premier League.

That said, it'll make a refreshing change to sign a player from one of Europe's top clubs and not from a mid-table (or worse) Premier League/Bundesliga club. Moura plays with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Motta, Pastore, Veratti, and Cavani, and that experience with elite players should (in theory) help him hit the ground running in England.

A viable option?

Author: Jaimie K


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