With Brendan Rodgers looking to stamp his mark on the Liverpool squad, attacking reinforcements are on the agenda – and you can now add Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan to the list.
Liverpool struggled in front of goal last season, scoring just 48 goals – the lowest tally in the top 8 last season, so Rodgers has set about improving their goalscoring threat by already purchasing Roma’s Italian striker Fabio Borini, who Rodgers coached on loan at Swansea in 2011.
But it’s not purely putting the ball in the net, but creating chances that Rodgers needs to rectify. Last summer’s £20m signing Stewart Downing was a dismal failure on Merseyside with just two assists all season – both in the FA Cup.
A number of wingers have been linked with moves to Anfield this summer including Barcelona’s Cristian Tello and Gaston Ramirez of Bologna, but now it seems that Rodgers has switched his attentions to Benfica’s Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan.
Gaitan was bought as a replacement for current Real Madrid and fellow Argentine winger Angel di Maria and whilst different players, Gaitan has filled the void admirably. He notably attracted interest from Manchester United during the first half of the season, but Benfica’s £35m price tag seemed to put them off – thought that was the price in his release clause.
Reports now suggest that Benfica are ready to take a fee lower than the release clause and Liverpool have been linked with a £14m swoop for the former Boca Juniors man. He can also play in the middle but further forward, whilst his left foot can be devastatingly good and he loves to take players on, more with trickery than sheer pace.
He’s not a particularly hard worker though, which makes me question his suitability for Rodgers’ pressing style – but for £14m, Liverpool could find a bargain in the shape of Gaitan.
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