1 Mar 2017

Offer Made: Liverpool tried to sign 'excellent' midfield destroyer with 30 yellow cards

In February, numerous credible reports claimed that Liverpool tried to sign Julian Draxler and Mariano Diaz, and it now appears that Jurgen Klopp submitted an offer for a third player.

In January, Tutto Mercato reported that Juventus received from Liverpool a 'request for information' about 19-year old midfielder Francesco Cassata, and according to Il Bianco Nero on Tuesday:

"Liverpool offered Juventus €10m to sign Francesco Cassata, but Juve refused as the club wants to see how Cassata develops".

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.

* Currently on loan at Ascoli, and loan agreement contains an option to buy.

* Ascoli: 3 goals/assists in 24 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 30 yellow cards and 2 reds in 61 games, and with a similar record in the Premier League, he'd be perpetually suspended (!)

Clearly, there's work to be done, but to be honest, it'd make a nice change to have a player in the squad with a bit of fire and brimstone about him.


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