13 Aug 2016

Klopp to Sign? Boss confirms 'excellent' €20m Liverpool target may leave. 'Offer' made already

Earlier this week, Liverpool reportedly submitted an official bid for 'excellent' Roma star Leandro Paredes^, and with the new season only a day away, Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has conceded that the Italian giants may have to let Paredes leave the club this summer.

On Tuesday, Gazzetta Dello Sport journo Emanuele Giulianelli claimed:

"Liverpool have made an €18m offer for Leandro Paredes. Roma refused, but if they [LFC] raise the offer to €20-22 million the deal could be sealed".

When asked last night about Paredes' future, Spalletti told Corriere Dello Sport:

"Paredes is a strong player, but often strong players need to be sold. It even happened with [Gonzalo] Higuain. Paredes is a good player and I hope he remains in Rome."

Paredes had a decent game against Liverpool in the Reds' recent pre-season victory over Roma, and €18m-€20m for a talented (and fairly experienced) 22-year old international midfielder is arguably decent value (compared to, say, £35m for new Arsenal DM Granit Xhaka)

There are obvious benefits to signing another DM, but in this case, the biggest positive (IMO) is that Paredes - like many South American players - is physically robust, and rarely injured (only 3 games missed through injury in the last two years).

If this story is true, Liverpool have just over two weeks to complete the deal, but Roma are in the Champions League this season, and I can't see Paredes giving that up to face reduced playing time at Liverpool, who are not in Europe this season.

Worth pursuing?

^ Jul 2016: Called up to the Argentina national team


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