29 Dec 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool determined to sign 'fantastic' €50m sensation who rejected 'Man Utd'. Klopp's top target

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is once again being linked with a January raid on the Russian Premier League.

Last month, Sky Sports claimed that Liverpool are planning a £25m move for Spartak Moscow attacker Quincy Promes, and according to The Mirror this week:

"Liverpool will step up their bid to land Quincy Promes in January. Jurgen Klopp is determined to find cover, and sees Promes as the perfect target"

Some info about Promes:

* 24-year old right-winger, who can also play on the left, or as as striker. Contract expires: 2021

* Spartak: 37 goals/20 assists (57) in 78 apps (One every 118 mins).

* This season: 13 goals/assists in 17 apps (One every 111 mins).

* July 2014: Klopp allegedly 'tried to sign Promes for Borussia Dortmund' during his time in the Bundesliga

* Apr 2015: On rejecting Man Utd: "There was interest but, I felt I wasn’t ready for a move to Man Utd”.

* Mar 2016: Netherlands coach Danny Blind's assessment: "Promes has put in some fantastic performances, and is playing at a very high level".

* Mar 2016: Blind on Promes' versatility: "He can play on either wing and also around a target man. He scores goals and can stretch defences".

* Dec 2016: "When asked about Promes' future, Spartak boss Dmitry Alenichev told Sport Express: "Many clubs are interested but we are going to talk. I want to keep working with him".

Given the recent spate of injuries to key attacking players (and Klopp's admission today that Coutinho will be out for longer than expected), it makes sense to bring in extra attacking cover in January. Promes has good pedigree, and for me, there are two big positives to the deal:

* At the age of 24, Promes is not some untested teenager and/or inexperienced young player. This should, in theory, increase the probability that he'll hit the ground running.

* Promes has missed only three games through injury in the last three years.

The only sticking point may be the transfer fee. Speaking to Sport Express last season, Spartak owner Leonid Fedun insisted:

"There are a few proposals for Promes, but he will not let him leave for anything less than €40-€50 million".

That sounds like an unreasonable fee, but given the ridiculous money paid for the likes of Anthony Martial, and Leroy Sane, club owners are bound to slap inflated fees on their prize assets.


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