It seems it’s money that makes the players move around in football these days with clubs like Paris St Germain, Man City and Anzhi Makhachkala able to sign some of best players in the world.
Now Liverpool are being struck by this new footballing trend as Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan looks set to slip out of the clutches of Brendan Rodgers and possibly sign for the rich Russians of Anzhi in January.
The Russian side are owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov and have already signed the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Lassana Diarra in recent seasons and they are now looking to spend big to bring in Gaitan from Benfica.
Liverpool could be blown out of the water if Anzhi table the rumoured £20million bid in January and it would be another disappointing venture into the transfer market for Brendan Rodgers.
Gaitan looks like an exciting prospect that would have slipped into the style of play at Liverpool well. The one time Manchester United target could have been a permanent fixture in the reds midfield, linking the play to attack or playing out wide on the left.
But Rodgers just cannot compete with the spending power of clubs like Anzhi and may have to settle with what he’s already got, Shelvey and Sahin are starting to hit form and are getting the goals to support Suarez and Gerrard’s efforts.
However Liverpool could look at other areas to improve the squad as another forward or defender would be the best options to inject the team with more quality.
The Liverpool boss is already looking at bringing in Belgian winger Dries Mertens from PSV to increase his options in the wide attacking positions. It would cost the reds around £10million to bring him to Anfield and he could add some much needed firepower to the wings and if he is at the same level as some of the other Belgians in the Premier League then Liverpool could be on to a winner with this winger.
Gaitan would probably be the better addition to Liverpool’s squad but he’s not worth breaking the bank to have and Rodgers would be better with a player like Mertens to help his Liverpool revolution.
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