Sources from Portugal are suggesting that Liverpool’s newly installed manager Roy Hodgson is eyeing up a potential move for Brazilian midfielder Josue.
According to those sources, the Brazilian, who featured for 52 minutes for his country at this year’s World Cup – replacing Felipe Melo against Portugal, is said to be ‘close to an agreement’ having already apparently spoken to the Merseysiders regarding personal terms.
Securing the 30-year-old’s transfer, however, will hardly inspire or satisfy disgruntled fans, who will most likely interpret the speculation as a humiliating indicator of the financial problems currently facing the American regime in place at Anfield.
If Roy Hodgson is going to turn around the fortunes at Anfield, players and fans alike will be hoping for signings of a much more high profile nature, not to mention quality.
Aside from the defensive midfielder now entering his twilight years, the pedigree of Hodgson’s potential signing similarly beholds a questionable logic behind the acquisition. Although the Brazilian is a current custodian of Wolfsburg, he has spent most of his career in Brazil under the employ of Goias, before moving to Sao Paulo.
Granted, during his tenure at Sao Paulo, he won a notable selection of titles, including the Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup. But even so, compare the South American leagues with that of the Premier League. It is fairly self-evident that the Premier League, although arguably not as technically refined, is far quicker, much more intense and unparalleled in its competitiveness.
With that said, Josue did aid his German club, as club captain, to the Bundesliga title in his second year in Europe, so perhaps we’re being too judgemental – although, his only notable contribution, aside from patrolling in front of the back four that season, was an own goal against Werder Bremen.
The proposed arrival of Josue for an expected fee of around £6million may even manifest speculation surrounding Javier Mascherano’s future.
The Argentinean, it has previously been suggested, may look to team up with fellow compatriot Javier Zanetti and former manager Rafael Benitez at European Champions Inter Milan this summer should Liverpool be confronted with an offer they cannot refuse.
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