24 Jul 2016

Deal Close: 'World-class' striker who wants to work with Klopp agrees massive £78m transfer. Liverpool loss?

In recent months, Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for 'world-class' Argentine goal machine Gonzalo Higuain, but it looks like the Reds are set to miss out on Serie A's top goalscorer.

According to Sky Sports:

"Higuain has undergone a medical at Juventus and has agreed to join the champions".

ESPN further reports:

"Juventus have agreed to pay Higuain's €94.7m [£78m] release clause [and] he could complete a move as early as the middle of next week".

The size of the fee - which will smash Juve's transfer record - surely means only one thing: Paul Pogba is on the way to Man Utd, and Juventus plan to use the proceeds to fund the Higuain deal.

In May, multiple reports claimed that Higuain was 'interested' in signing for Liverpool wanted to 'play under Jurgen Klopp', but I doubt many Reds fans really believed that LFC were ever seriously in the running.

Higuain grabbed 43 goals/assists last season, but there's no way (IMO) he's worth more than Luis Suarez, who is by far the superior striker. €60m is arguably a reasonable fee for a 28-year old striker with Higuain's stats, but like so many other clubs in Europe, Juve will (if the deal goes through) overpay to get their man.

In my view, Liverpool still need another top class striker, but Klopp appears to be happy with Sturridge, Ings, and Origi as his main options. Mark my words, those three will not cut it - Sturridge will inevitably get injured at some stage (and/or struggle to reproduce his best goalscoring form due to his loss of pace), and Ings/Origi are not prolific enough to propel the club into the Champions League.

That said, Liverpool's squad is filled with attacking midfielders capable of scoring goals (Firmino, Coutinho, Mane, Wijnaldum, Milner etc), so perhaps they'll pick up the goalscoring slack?

Whatever happens, this is probably the last time Liverpool will ever be linked with Higuain.


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