Tensions are always high between the two clubs on Merseyside, yet things could be just about to get a whole lot worse. According to the Sun, both Liverpool and Everton are in the running to pick up 19-year-old Dutchman Luc Castaignos from Inter Milan, with a season long loan being the preferred deal for both sides.
Castaignos has only been at Internazionale since last summer yet has failed to impress since his move to the San Siro. Liverpool and Everton were suitors when the Dutch youngster was set to leave Holland and both would be interested in a deal to loan Castaignos from Inter.
Inter however have other plans. Ideally they would prefer a move outside of Italy to be a permanent one as they seek to reduce their squad size/increase their transfer budget for some necessary summer spending. With a price tag of around £6 million, although one that can most likely be negotiated down, questions must be asked on Merseyside as to whether such a risk is necessary.
At 19 years of age, Castaignos is certainly a raw talent. Billed as having a similar style to Thierry Henry, the Dutch striker failed to impress during his time at Milan scoring only 1 goal in 6 appearances. A seeming failure to adapt to the Italian game will not look good for Premier League admirers, as questions will surely be asked about his potential to play in England having struggled in a slower, less physical Italian game.
For me, a loan deal with the possibility of a permanent signing in the future looks the most sensible option. Both Merseyside clubs would surely be interested in such a low risk manoeuvre, as they seek to revamp their attacking line without spending big money. A permanent deal from the offset seems too risky however – Castaignos is not the only talented youngster available this summer and has already struggled in a major European League.
In short, if Inter can get the loan deal done then this low risk – potential high reward situation could be a shrewd move by either manager.
Yet if Inter remain firm, Castaignos is not worth a permanent deal in my opinion, especially for clubs on the brink of Europe and looking to improve immediately.
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