It has been reported that Wigan Athletic's Mohamed Diame will be leaving the Barclays Premier League next season to join the Spanish club Malaga, according to The Daily Mail. This may seem like a blow to the Reds, but it isn't that big of a deal, as Diame gets more hype than he deserves.
The 24-year-old French-born Senegalese midfielder is not under contract this summer and had previously attracted interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa. Liverpool should have made the decision that Manchester United did awhile ago and pulled out of the running.
United pulled out due to concerns over Diame's heart condition, a pretty good reason to not want to fork over the funds necessary to acquire Diame. Despite his relentless motor, great strength and ability to push the pace, he's not worth the chance.
A heart condition is a huge concern for both the club and the player. It's not uncommon for a player to end his career due such a condition, as health in sports is becoming of increasing concern thanks to medical studies.
The other issue with Diame is, while he was the cog that turned the wheel in the Wigan offense from his spot at midfield, he sputtered at the end of the season, notching just 108 minutes in the team's final eight matches.
After arriving from Rayo for €3.8 million, he has only notched five goals in 96 appearances with the squad. This season was the first time he scored more than one goal, but has only been able to muster ten shots on goal for the entire campaign. As a midfielder, he's only averaged .7 key passes per game (as per whoscored.com).
Could it be because of the heart condition? Most likely not, but the fact that he couldn't lock down a spot in the starting lineup with Wigan is very concerning. If he wasn't able to start for lowly 15th place Wigan, how much help could he be to the more talented Reds?
The answer to that question is not much help and Liverpool shouldn't be too upset about not being able to obtain his services.