7 Jun 2016

Marquee Transfer? After Gotze fail, Liverpool keen to sign 'superb' €60m international playmaker

After the apparent failure to entice Mario Gotze to Anfield, Liverpool are now looking at different options, and the newest name to enter the fray is Sporting Lisbon attacker Joao Mario.

Over the weekend, Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed:

* Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring Joao Mario to Anfield.

* Manchester United and Chelsea are also tracking the Portuguese midfielder.

Some info about Mario:

* Right winger, who can also play as a central midfielder.

* Plays most often as a central midfielder/central attacking mid for Sporting. Current contract expires: 2020.

* Sporting: 14 goals/17 assists (31) in 92 apps (One every 219 mins)

* This Season: 19 goals/assists in 45 apps (One every 189 mins)

* May 2016: Sporting reportedly rejected a huge bid from PSG.

* Missed only four game through injury for his entire career to date.

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Magnificent control. Accurate distribution. Faultless decision making. Powerful shot. Football intelligence allied to an unperturbable temperament".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "Averages around one goal every six matches, and given the positions he gets himself into, he should find the net on a more regular basis".

* Tiago Capaz's assessment (Sporting Youth Coach): “Joao has superb ability to read the game. I’ve no idea what his limit is. Week by week he gets better and better.”

According to his father, Mario is 'worth €60m' (a riduculously extortionate fee), but given the financial madness of modern football, there's sure to be a club out there with more money than sense (hopefully not Liverpool).

Step forward Manchester United. Let the Mancs pay through the nose (again).


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