It seems some Spaniards are prepared to challenge whoever’s making the decisions at Liverpool for one of their prime transfer targets.
The Metro reports that Liverpool target Gaston Ramires is the subject of increased interest from Malaga. The Reds were thought to be in pole position to land the Uruguayan midfielder, and it’s thought the League Cup winners have already lodged a £16 million bid.
But after the downfall of King Kenny and the owners currently mulling over a carefully chosen list of 328 possible replacements; it seems plans are up in the air and Malaga are now ready to take advantage of the situation.
Bologna meanwhile are resigned to losing the 21 year old and the players representative Pablo Betancourt has already begun to tout his client for a move:
“It’s very probable that this will have been his last season at Bologna,” he said.
“We already have a few offers, but we will speak with Bologna officials at some point after June 1st.”
Malaga, who have more spending power than their English rivals after their take over two years ago, also boast the considerable advantage of Champions League football after finishing 4th in La Liga under Manuel Pellegrini this season.
Liverpool meanwhile remain a million miles away from achieving such a feat, and would have to employ a top manager capable of attracting star names if they are to get the players they want this summer.
Whoever that may be will surely know a midfield containing the likes of Downing, Spearing and Henderson will need an injection of quality in order to climb into the heady heights of the top 6.
The man in question Ramirez has already appeared for Bologna 58 times during his young career, and scored 12 goals from midfield. He’s also earned 9 caps for Uruguay and fits the bill in terms of the type of player the American owners want to blend into the squad.
Whether they’ve already blown their chance of attaining young talent after their disastrous spending spree last year remains to be seen, but it will most probably depend on the movements of their better positioned rivals.