The Lowdown: FSG bid rejected
The Reds had been in the market over the summer for a new midfielder to cover for the ongoing injury crisis, but despite signing Arthur Melo from Juventus on a season-long loan, he wasn’t the only player being targeted by FSG.
Spanish outlet AS reported that the Premier League giants made an £86.5m bid for the 24-year-old Valverde in the final days of the window, though this was turned down by the La Liga side, who weren’t willing to let him leave before the deadline.
The Latest: Valverde not for sale
Asked by Football Insider whether Liverpool might be able to land Valverde in 2023 should they increase their offer, Campbell said:
“Valverde is a player who Real Madrid have put a lot of time into. They have built him up and developed him into a regular starter.
“The guy scored an unbelievable goal at the weekend as well. He is a player who I think will go on to be world-class. He has got a great engine, a hell of a shot on him and can pass the ball with both feet.
“Real Madrid are not a selling club. They have developed this youngster and he is now starting to repay the faith. I cannot see him moving to Liverpool.
“Real Madrid are not a club who sell their best players.”
The Verdict: Not surprising
Valverde has become an integral member of Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI at the Bernabeu, so it’s no surprise that Liverpool’s approach was rejected.
The Uruguayan has got off to a flying start this season, making five goal contributions in eight appearances in all competitions, registering one goal and one assist in just two Champions League outings (Transfermarkt).
Would you like to see Liverpool sign Valverde?
Valverde still has five years remaining on his deal with Real so he won’t come cheap, but with Arthur now in the building, the Reds should wait until next summer to further assess their options.
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