Liverpool are ‘readying a £14.9 million bid’ for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev as the Reds step up their efforts to replace now Manchester City player, Raheem Sterling.
Liverpool are far from short of wide talent with the likes of James Milner, Lazar Markovic, Jordan Ibe and Philippe Coutinho all being able to play out wide, however left midfield is a position where there is a distinct lack of depth.
According to reports in Spain (via The Telegraph), Real Madrid’s valuation of the former Sevilla man ‘matches’ that of Liverpool’s.
In addition to this, Cheryshev is unsure of where he will be playing this season, having been loaned to Villarreal from Real Madrid last term.
“I have no idea as to what is going to happen, I’ve spoken to Marcelino [Villarreal manager] and he confirmed that Villarreal hope to have my services next season but that’s all.
“I don’t know where I’ll be next season.”
This level of uncertainty should please Reds fans wishing for him to come to England and with both clubs reportedly agreeing on price, this deal could be a perfect match for Liverpool and Cheryshev, should it go through.
Should the 24-year-old Russian international come to the Premier League, he will have big boots to fill however, with Sterling having added a cutting edge to Liverpool’s attack for the last two seasons, earning him a £49 million move to Man City, albeit in contentious circumstances.
Cheryshev trumps Sterling in some of his La Liga stats, however. He made ten league goals last term, whereas his Premier League counterpart assisted eight, even though Sterling played nine more Premier League games than the Villarreal loanee.
Considering the Yellow Submarine only finished sixth in the Spanish top flight, this is an impressive record.
If he is to be added to Brendan Rodgers’ side this season, he will form part of a talented attacking midfield, which already boasts Adam Lallana, Coutinho, Milner and Roberto Firmino.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena