With the Olympic games finally beginning, Premier League managers are waiting with bated breath to watch the young talent that is on display. One player who already looks to be on the move is Gaston Ramirez, the Uruguayan midfielder who scored a scintillating free kick in his nations opening game against the UAE.
Barcelona, Milan, Inter and both Manchester sides are all interested in signing the 21-year-old. However with his agent arriving in the UK this weekend according to the Daily Mail, it is thought to be Liverpool who are in the driving seat for Ramirez’s signature. Rodgers is keen to acquire the midfielder after Liverpool cooled their interested in Clint Dempsey.
The midfielder has had two excellent seasons at Bologna since leaving his native Uruguay in 2010. Rodgers will surely only be enthused by Ramirez’s performance against the UAE in the Olympics last night, with the versatility of the player also a major factor in Liverpool’s pursuit – Ramirez can play on either flank or even behind the front man.
With his agent arriving in the UK we can assume that other teams on the continent aren’t going to acquire the services of the Uruguay international. Therefore it seems that both the Manchester sides and Liverpool are going head to head for his signature. As a Liverpool fan I would love to see Gaston arrive at Anfield and frankly it could be the best destination for the 21 year-old.
Ramirez might find himself out of depth at the Etihad if he chose the blue half of Manchester, with City’s superstar squad perhaps possessing too much proven quality for the youngster to break into the starting XI. In addition, joining the Red Devils also seems unlikely seeing as United already possess players in his position – Valencia and Young will surely start on either flank, with Rooney perhaps playing too deep to warrant an attacking midfielder in Sir Alex’s system.
That leaves Liverpool, a side going through a period of change under Brendan Rodgers. Ramirez would certainly add to a Liverpool squad that is lacking in the midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing still have points to prove whilst Charlie Adam could soon see the exit door. Rodgers has already outlined Joe Allen as a replacement for skipper Steven Gerrard yet Ramirez could be just as important an addition for this side – the midfield has a passing range similar to Xabi Alonso’s Liverpool days, whilst his potency going forward is fantastic.
The one issue may be Liverpool’s bargaining position. Although the club has an illustrious history it can no longer be used as a major tool in securing a players’ transfer. Liverpool will have to hope that Ramirez will be happy with Europa League football as opposed to the Champions League, along with a team that is moving in a different direction.
That being said, Liverpool seems the perfect place for Ramirez’s move to the UK. The pressure will surely be less than at United or City, where titles this season are a realistic possibility. Instead if he decides to play at Anfield, Ramirez will be able to adapt to the Premier League at his own pace as Rodgers’ develops his Liverpool team under no pressure from above.
A move to Merseyside would be perfect for the Uruguayan, where he can join up with teammate Luis Suarez in a new Brendan Rodgers’ system. Let’s just hope the Europa League is enough to tempt the 21-year-old.
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