Since the departure of Paul ‘out of his depth’ Konchesky to Nottingham Forest on loan in January, Liverpool are seriously short of cover at left-back, with the not entirely convincing Fabio Aurelio now their only recognised left-sided full-back. Dalglish and Comolli have made the position a top priority ahead of next season, and the signing of the Brazilian Bastos would certainly be a suitable fix.
The left-sided Bastos, 27, has been in impressive form since he joined Lyon from Lille for €18million in 2009, having already notched 7 goals this season from the wing, and having scored 10 league goals in 32 appearances last season. The Brazilian has excellent technique, quelle surprise, and the shooting instincts of a striker. He is often seen expertly drifting into space in forward positions, which explains his excellent goal-scoring record, and at 27 the left-sider has decent experience of Champions League and international football (10 caps for Brazil).
The signing of Bastos would certainly improve the Liverpool squad, which Damien Comolli is looking to rejig considerably in the summer. Kenny Dalglish’s introduction of a new 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation at Liverpool with wing backs bridging the gap between defense and midfield would suit Bastos perfectly. The pacy Brazilian plays as a winger for Lyon, but as a left-back for Brazil, so, having proven himself in both positions separately, he could no doubt perform the dual wing-back role successfully.
Bastos had been strongly linked with Manchester United in recent months, but that signing was thought to be contingent on Patrice Evra moving on, probably to Real Madrid. However, the Frenchman recently signed a new contract with United, putting an end to stories of Bastos’s potential arrival at Old Trafford.
As Real Madrid will now not be signing Evra, it is thought the Spanish giants may themselves turn their attention towards Bastos, who is thought to be open to a move to one of Europe’s big leagues. But Bastos is not the only left-back being considered by Jose Mourinho, who has been linked in Spain with a move for Fabio Coentrao of Benfica.
If Liverpool can hold off the advances of other big clubs, the signing of Bastos would surely improve the first-team squad at Anfield and the €20million fee would not be a problem for big spending new owners, NESV who have already indicated their willingness to back Dalglish in the transfer market.
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