Dalglish is yet again set to splash the cash and according to sources in Italy he is leading the hunt for the signature of Valencia’s hot prospect E’Juan Mata.
Mata has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and City, but let’s be honest, who isn’t linked with City and their millions!!
This isn’t the first time the Merseyside’s have been in talks with the winger. According to Mirror football in the summer of 2009 Liverpool look set to hijack the Spanish international for 16 million, in a bid take advantage of Valencia’s crippling cash crisis.
According to Spanish press Barca were hot on his heels also that year, but his father, also his agent said “Valencia would not sell Mata” But admitted if Liverpool were to come calling with serious money they might find it hard to resist.
Well the Spanish international certainly fits the bill to join Dalglish and his new improved attacking system at Anfield.
Mata has scored at every level from under 16’s to the senior side for his country picking up 49 caps and bagging 25 goals, including four goals in five games on the way to winning the European Championships at u’19 level. He has also hit the back of the net 32 times in 123 appearances for Valencia.
He certainly meets the criteria that Liverpool are looking for to fill the void that seems to have become a permanent resident on the Anfield flanks.
We know the Liverpool boss isn’t afraid to dip in to the kitty available and Valencia are in no position to turn that sort of money down.
Valencia president Manuel Llorente was quoted in the Metro this April saying “The Kid is not negotiable because he is a key man in our project” referring to Mata. If Liverpool put big money on the table, I wonder if his approach will change.
Watch this space.
Steven Woodgate writes regularly for This is Futbol.com
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