Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reports Link Young Barcelona Winger with Reds
Liverpool have never found any shortage of rumors and news during any transfer window, whether they are involved in the elite European competition called the Champions League or not.
According to Talksport, Liverpool are tracking Barcelona B winger Gerard Deulofeu. Deulofeu was one of the stars of the recently concluded under-19 European Championship that Spain won.
That Spanish team also included the hugely impressive Suso who presently plays for the Reds. If Suso seems impressive, then one may be lost for words for Deulofeu. He scored thrice and notched up three assists in Spain's road to lifting the trophy.
What is more is that Deulofeu was also top-scorer for Barcelona B in what was his breakthrough season. Despite demonstrating such flair and talent, Deulofeu may not make the jump to the Barcelona senior first team as yet.
Pep Guardiola's successor, Tito Vilanova, has confirmed that Deulofeu will continue in the B side for the upcoming season. Like Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers, who have both shown signs of reluctance to throw Raheem Sterling into the deep end straight away by giving him more chances at the top level, Vilanova too is perhaps being patient for the player's own good.
To be fair to all the gaffers, they do have first-hand viewing and information about physicality, character and mentality of the players for whom they take such decisions. So it will only be fair to see Vilanova's decision as the right one after only one good season by Deulofeu.
From the Reds' perspective, should they try to lure the youngster if Vilanova does not see a place for him within his already hugely talented squad? In my opinion, it is a 50-50. Deulofeu is surely a very talented lad.
He has pace, trickery and will provide some much needed flair to the Reds setup. He scores goals from the wing, a much needed trait for Liverpool that they have missed since the days of Steve McManaman. The lad can also certainly strike a ball and make it curve.
The thing that Brendan Rodgers will be looking for is the risk proposition. The price mentioned by Talksport is certainly too steep for an 18 year old who has just had one good season with a B team.
Sure he has had a great international tournament at the under-19 level, but so did Dani Pacheco who is still to prove himself at the top level even after a few years after he achieved that feat.
Rodgers would do better going for players who are in their early 20s and promote the youngsters from the present youth squad of Liverpool. Dani Pacheco was also a player that Liverpool signed from Barcelona, so it is not that there is zero possibility of such a transfer happening.
I would still take such news with a pinch of salt. Perhaps if Liverpool qualify for the Champions League and Rodgers has more leverage to take risks next season, such a transfer could possibly go through.
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