4 Nov 2016

Price Crash: Liverpool free to sign €60m Barcelona 'revelation' for cut-price fee. Klopp offered deal in May

Barcelona have transfer-listed beleaguered right-back Aleix Vidal, a reported transfer target for Liverpool over the summer.

Liverpool were linked with Vidal at the end of May, and soon after, Barcelona based TV3 claimed:

"Aleix Vidal's agent has offered the player to Liverpool. Barcelona don't want to sell, but value the Spaniard at €60m [£45m]".

According to Spanish newspaper Sport this week, Vidal's days at Barcelona 'are numbered', and 'both sides agree it is best to leave in the winter transfer window'. Barca also appear to have come to their senses over the transfer fee, and the report further states:

"Barca invested €18m plus bonuses in Vidal, and will only accept bids for a minimum value of €13m".

Some info about Vidal:

* 26-year old right-back (85% of games at Barca), who mostly played as a right/left winger at Sevilla. Contract expires: 2020.

* Barcelona: 3 goals/assists in 16 apps. Only two appearances so far this season.

* July 2015: Luis Suarez's assessment: "Aleix Vidal is a player with a lot of talent and [he] showed that at his past clubs".

* July 2015: After signing Vidal, Barcelona VP Jordi Mestre raved: "Vidal is a versatile player with great physical power. He is the revelation of the season".

Vidal's versatility is sure to be enticing for Jurgen Klopp, but according to Sport, Vidal's versatility is the main reason for his failure at the Nou Camp:

"In Seville, Vidal played mostly as a right midfielder, but he has struggled at Barcelona because he is not a specialist right-back".

€13m is a reasonable fee, but if Vidal is struggling with the conversion at right back (as he himself admitted recently), then it's probably not a good idea to sign him as a right back. That said, as James Milner's conversion shows, Klopp is more than willing to make positional changes, so perhaps he can have similar success with Vidal? A viable January target for Liverpool?


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