13 Mar 2017

Message to Klopp: 72% of fans want Liverpool to sign 'exciting' €60m Brazil star

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to sign Porto star Danilo Pereira this summer, but what to Reds fans think about this potential deal?

Last month, Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed Jurgen Klopp dispatched Liverpool reps to watch Danilo in action, and it looks like Reds fans are in favour of the deal.

I conducted a poll last week asking fans if Liverpool should sign Danilo, and 72% of participants voted YES to the deal. Some info about Danilo:

* 25-year old defensive-midfielder, who can also play centre-back. Contract expires: 2022 (€60m buyout clause).

* Porto: 77 apps (11 goals/assists). 17 apps for the Portugal national team.

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "An imposing figure. Good in the air. Stamina and ball-winning skills. Quick and capable of covering plenty of ground".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "Technical skills far from perfect. Not imaginative enough. Doesn't attempt enough through-balls. Distribution need to improve".

* Dec 2016: Maisfutebol editor Pedro Cunha's assessment"He [Danilo] is one of the most exciting products of Portuguese football."

* Jan 2017: Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo enthused: " Danilo's contract renewal is good for Porto. He has been an important player with excellent performances".

Danilo signed a new long-term deal just two months ago, so if Porto are indeed planning to sell, then the renewal is probably a strategy to maximise his transfer fee this summer.

As such, it seems highly unlikely that Klopp will spend €40m-€60m on a defensive-midfielder. Indeed, if Klopp's transfer history at Liverpool shows anything, it's that he's loathe to spend serious money on defensive players (Klavan, Matip, Caulker, Karius, Manninger: Combined cost = £9m).


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