The Daily Mirror has linked Liverpool with a £15 million January move for Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou. The Ivorian has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and he may look to leave the London outfit to resurrect his faltering career.
The Ivory Coast international is already behind Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in the battle for a place in Chelsea’s front line, but he has managed to fall further down the pecking order this season after the great form of Daniel Sturridge.
Despite signing seven players in the summer, Liverpool may still require one or two players in certain areas to really challenge for top honours, but Salomon Kalou isn’t the answer.
Kalou has struggled to ever establish himself in the Chelsea first team over the five years he has spent at the club and quite frankly, I don’t believe he would be good enough to hold down a regular spot in the Liverpool first team either.
The reported £15 million is also way over the top for a utility player at Chelsea, there isn’t any team in the world prepared to pay that sort of price for Kalou, he simply isn’t worth it.
However, there is no doubt that Kalou is definitely a talented footballer and his versatility is a valuable asset for any team. At just 26, with the right guidance and management he still has the time to go on and become a really good player, his best years are definitely still ahead of him.
I believe Kalou would benefit hugely from going to a side where he will be guaranteed a starting place every week and he won’t be guaranteed that at Liverpool, therefore the move wouldn’t suit either party.
The only way the move could happen is, if Liverpool could potentially sign him for a cut-price deal of around £4 or £5 million, he may therefore be a relatively decent signing at that price, to add competition to the squad.
But if Liverpool are looking to dive back into the transfer market in January, they should invest their money in buying another centre-half instead.
They should target Gary Cahill of Bolton, as his contract will only have 6 months remaining in January and his price-tag will come down dramatically.
Despite sticking to their £17 million valuation in the summer, Bolton will have no choice but to reduce their asking price in January, or risk losing him for nothing in July.