Brendan Rodgers’ spending spree shows no signs of abating, with the Reds boss still after that marquee signing which would soften the blow of Luis Suarez’ departure.
Nicolas Gaitan is the latest name to be linked with a move to Anfield according to French radio station RMC. The Argentine winger, currently at Benfica, would be an expensive signing however, with a £35.6 million release clause in his contract. This valuation would even give the free spending Rodgers pause for thought and he would probably haggle on the price here.
While Gaitan is an exciting talent, he has made little impact on the international stage, not featuring in Argentina’s World Cup Squad. Despite this he has attracted widespread interest, a deal to bring him to Ligue 1 side Monaco floundered on the transfer fee, while Atletico Madrid are also rumoured to be in the race to sign the 26-year-old.
The much sought after Chilean superstar Arturo Vidal has categorically ruled out a move to Manchester United in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport but has held out the prospect of a move elsewhere.
“Can I say I will remain with Juve? I don’t know. I’ll talk to Allegri (Juventus manager) on Monday and then we will see. I haven’t spoken with Allegri or any of my team-mates yet, but I’m not going to Manchester.”
Liverpool fans will be delighted to see such a high profile player publically snub their bitter rivals, perhaps signalling that the United are no longer considered the powerhouse they were in the Ferguson era. Rodgers will now be favourite to land the Juventus man in a move which would be sure to create a massive buzz in Liverpool.
Divok Origi’s £10 million transfer from Lille which seemed to be in the bag for a while now is in doubt as Atletico Madrid, who have thus far hemorrhaged players in the transfer window, may thwart Liverpool’s plans to land the Belgian striker. Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Diego Simeone has come in with a late bid to bring the youngster to Madrid instead of Liverpool.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.