11 Jan 2017

Contact Made: Liverpool to make €10m offer for 'excellent' midfield hothead with 26 yellow cards

Liverpool are reportedly planning a January move for one of Juventus' on-loan midfielders.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Sport:

"Liverpool are willing to offer 10 million Euros to sign Juventus midfielder Francesco Cassata, who is currently on loan at Ascoli"

Tutto Mercato adds:

"Juventus has received a request for information from the Liverpool".

Some info about Cassata, described as 'excellent' on Juve's official website:

* 19-year old central midfielder, who can also play as a left-sided midfielder. Contract expires: 2018.

* Ascoli's loan deal with Juve contains an option to buy.

* Ascoli: 3 goals/assists in 19 apps. No senior apps for Juve.

* Scouting Report: "Versatile, with excellent running and pressing skills. Good acceleration, and quality passing. Has held virtually every position in the middle of the field for Juve's B team".

There is one major red flag to consider: temperament. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Cassata has picked up 26 yellow cards and 2 reds in 48 apps, which is excessive, especially for a 19-year old (!)

If Cassata had a similar record in the Premier League, he'd have picked up at least 6 suspensions in a season and a half, which is ridiculous. Clearly, there's work to be done there.


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