25 May 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool close to smashing transfer record to sign 'exceptional' €60m attacker

Since arriving at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has signed four players for the bargain-basement price of £10m, but new reports today suggest that Liverpool's boss is about to go to the other extreme and break the club's transfer record.

According to Portuguese daily A Bola:

"Yacine Brahimi is very close to signing for Liverpool, who are willing to match his €60m release clause".

Some info about Brahimi:

* 26-year old left-winger (75% of games), who can also play on the right (10% of games), or as a central AM (15% of games). Contract expires: 2019.

* Porto: 22 goals/20 assists (42) in 86 apps (One every 144 mins).

* Dec 2014: Former Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma raved: “Brahimi is truly exceptional. He can become the best player in the world”.

* Dec 2014: Won the 'African Player of the Year' award.

* Apr 2015: Pep Guardiola's assessment: "On the right, on the left or in the middle, he [Brahimi] is fantastic. He is a great player".

Jun 2015: When asked about his future, Brahimi told reporters: "I would like to play in one of the best clubs in the world. Wearing the Bayern Munich shirt would be a dream."

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "A potent weapon out wide [but] even more effective when drifting inside. Tight control, intelligent combination play and clinical finishing".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "Overly individualistic. Questionable attitude this season. Tendency to pick and choose the matches he turns up to".

Given Klopp's historical reserve in the transfer market, it seem unlikely that he'll suddenly spend such a huge amount of money on a single player. In any event, I sincerely hope this story is not true. If Liverpool have €60m to burn, then it should go on someone with a significantly superior minutes-per-goal/assist ratio.

€60m should buy a proven player with Sturridge-esque stats, and if there's no one available, then the Reds should save the money until Champions League qualification is secured.

Author: Jaimie K


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