7 Mar 2017

Klopp to Sign? Liverpool reps fly out to watch 'exciting' €60m destroyer in 7-0 annihilation

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly sent his scouts on a mission to Portugal over the weekend to watch one of Porto's most coveted midfielders.

Liverpool were last linked with Danilo Pereira back in 2015, and according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola:

"Liverpool reps were at the Estádio do Dragão on Saturday [Porto 7-0 Nacional] to watch Danilo, who is likely to be sold by Porto this summer due to the club's ongoing financial issues".

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.

* Profile on Porto's website: "Pereira is a 6, who can also play as an 8, using his physical prowess to establish his dominance. His positioning and ball recovery capacity set him apart, revealing an innate capacity to fall back to the defence when needed".

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "An imposing figure. Physically strong, and good in the air. Admired for his 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 the symbol of Porto's revival and one of the most exciting products of Portuguese football."

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

After Emre Can's hero complex and over-elaboration, a defensive midfielder who lacks imagination and 'doesn't attempt enough through-balls' is just what the the doctor ordered! If Porto are indeed planning to sell, then the recent renewal of Danilo's contract is probably a strategy to maximise the transfer fee this summer.

Porto have a history of selling players for big bucks, though I can't see Klopp spending €60m on a defensive-minded player. A striker, or an attacking midfielder, perhaps, but not a DM.

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