20 Nov 2016

50% Price Crash: Liverpool now free to sign 'fantastic' £40m powerhouse in cut-price deal

New reports this week suggest that Liverpool could sign a long-running transfer target on the cheap.

Last week, reports in Portugal claimed that Liverpool are considering a January move for 26-year old Herrera, and now, according to portuguese newspaper A Bola:

* Liverpool are ready to sign Herrera in a cut-price deal at the end of the season..

* Porto are willing to sell if the club receives a £20m offer, which is a 50% reduction on Herrera's £40m buyout clause.

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: 20 goals/22 assists (44) in 130 games (One every 217 mins). This season: 4 goals/assists in 15 games.

* 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.

£20m: a no-brainer?


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