17 May 2017

Next Suarez? Liverpool favourites to sign 'phenomenal' €60m striker who idolises 'Ronaldo'. Contact made already

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for Sampdoria star Luis Muriel, and new reports this week suggest that Reds are among the favourites to sign the Colombian striker this summer.

Liverpool once considered Muriel as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, and in March, Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato claimed:

"Liverpool are interested in signing Luis Muriel, and have contacted Sampdoria for information".

Now, TMW 'sources' claim:

"Sampdoria have put Luis Muriel up for sale. Liverpool and Sevilla are favourites to sign him this summer".

Some info about Muriel:

* 25-year old striker, who can also play wide. Contract expires: 2019.

* Sampdoria/Udinese: 69 goals/assists in 148 apps (One every 124 mins).

* This Season: 21 goals/assists in 32 apps (One every 111 mins).

* Sep 2014: Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo insisted: "He [Muriel] has a price. He is worth €60m, like Cavani"

* Aug 2014: On his idol: "If I were to do 50% of what [Brazilian] Ronaldo did, I’d be a happy footballer".

* Feb 2017: Muriel told reporters: "There are several [transfer] options. My hope right now is to conclude the season on a high and then make a decision.”

* Mar 2017: Muriel told Radio Magica: "I have proposals from Juve, Inter, AC Milan and Roma. Spanish and English clubs have also been making offers”.

* Antonio Di Natale's assessment: “Make a note of the name Luis Muriel. He’s got all the qualities needed to become a phenomenal striker”.

Like Suarez, Muriel is a robust striker who's rarely injured (only 12 games missed since 2014), and after Daniel Sturridge's endless injury woes, injury history should (IMO) be a major criterion when considering a new forward.

A viable target?


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