15 Jun 2016

Deal Close? Liverpool ready to pay €25m for 'fantastic' playmaker who's 'like Riquelme'

Last wee, Fox Sports Mexico reporter Vladimir Garcia claimed Liverpool are 'one step away' from signing Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, and new reports today suggest that the Reds have moved ahead of Napoli in the race to sign the Mexico international.

According to SportMediaset:

"Porto want €25m for Herrera, but Napoli are refusing to go above €20m. The competition is from Liverpool, who are ready pay €25m to seal the deal".

Some info about Herrera, Porto's current 'Player of the Year':

* 26-year old central midfielder. Current contract expires in 2019. Nicknamed 'El Zorro'.

* Porto: 19 goals/19 assists (38) in 115 games (One every 217 mins). This season: 14 goals/assists in 34 games (One every 205 mins).

* May 2012: Herrera confirmed: "I was introduced to the Liverpool scout. I haven't been told anything concrete. I'll have to wait to see. "

* Jun 2014: Sky Sports Scouting Report: "Combative, all-action midfielder; box to box; not afraid to put his foot in. Good all-rounder, with skill and who can pass".

* Dec 2015: Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio enthused: "Hector Herrera is a fantastic player who can get up to the level of Schweinsteiger".

* Feb 2016: Herrera told ESPN: "I think I'm like Riquelme in the way I play. With his class, tranquility, and vision, for me, he is the best".

Herrera's goal/assist ratio isn't that impressive, but there are plus points:

* No injuries for his entire career to date.

* Experienced international midfielder entering the prime of his career.

* Has captained Porto and Mexico, which suggests leadership ability (something Liverpool desperately need).

Is Herrera worth €25m?


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