11 Nov 2016

'El Zorro' to Anfield? Klopp still keen to sign 'fantastic' £35m international. Liverpool transfer in January?

Liverpool are once again being linked with Porto midfielder Hector Herrera.

Herrara reportedly rejected a move to Anfield in June, and according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola:

* Liverpool are considering a January move for 26-year old Herrera.

* The Reds have tracked Herrera since the summer, and his release clause is set at £35m.

Transfer Timeline:

* May 2012: Hererra's agent told ESPN: "Liverpool is interested, and the club's scouts came to Mexico on a general scouting trip".

* May 2012: Herrera confirmed: "I was introduced to the Liverpool scout. I haven't been told anything concrete. "

* Jun 2016: Fox Sports Mexico reporter Vladimir Garcia claimed that Liverpool were 'one step away' from signing Herrera.

* Jul 2016: SportMediaset reported: "Napoli are refusing to go above €20m for Herrera. The competition is from Liverpool, who are ready pay €25m".

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.

Is Herrera worth £35m?


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