10 May 2016

Done Deal Soon? Liverpool favourites to sign 'irreplaceable' €20m midfielder. Visited Melwood already

In February, Malaga star Ignacio Camacho reportedly visited Liverpool to tour the club's training facilities, and new reports this week suggest that the Reds are close to sealing a deal for the combative midfielder.

Last month, multiple reports claimed that Liverpool 'are keen to sign Camacho', and are 'ready' to meet his buy-out clause. This week, the Daily Express reports:

"Liverpool are in pole position to sign Ignacio Camacho. Malaga are expected to accept a bid of around £9.5m but that could go significantly higher if there is more than one club interested".

The £9.5m figure conflicts with Camacho's buyout clause, which sporting director Mario Husillos confirmed last month:

"Inter Milan called me [about Camacho] and I told them they'd have to pay his buyout clause fee, which is €20m."

Some info about Camacho, described by Malaga boss Javi Garcia as 'irreplaceable':

* Defensive midfielder, who can also slot in at centre-back.

* 13 goals/6 assists in 151 games for Malaga.

* Averages 12 yellow cards per season for the last 4 years (Four suspensions in the last two seasons).

* 2010: Europa League winner with Atletico Madrid.

* 6 separate injuries in the last 12 months (199 days out/29 games missed). 3 injuries already this season.

For whatever reason, Camacho has become increasingly injury prone over the last year. It may just be an unlucky phase, but it could also be the start of a long period of regular, niggling injuries, and that's the last thing Liverpool need right now, even for a knockdown fee.

Additionally, at the age of 26, Camacho has just one international appearance to his name, which suggests that he's not amongst the top-tier in his position. That said, Spain is overflowing with top quality players, so it's possibly harder to make it into the national side.

Is Camacho an upgrade on the likes of Lucas and Allen?

Author: Jaimie K


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