Liverpool FC: Will Reds Turn to Nicolas Gaitan After Joe Allen Deal Loses Steam?

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIJuly 29, 2012

LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 24:  Nicolas Gaitan of SL Benfica in action during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg match between SL Benfica and FC Twente at Estadio da Luz on August 24, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have been keen on signing Swansea midfielder Joe Allen, but after the Guardian revealed that they will not let their star player leave for the Anfield club, the Reds have turned their attention to Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, Metro reports.

With the Daily Mail proclaiming Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Allen from Swansea, and the Guardian telling us Manchester City are interested  in signing Gaston Ramirez, the Reds will have to turn to Gaitan to solve their midfield problems.

However, the Argentina international has a £35 million release clause inserted in his contract, and Liverpool are not ready to splash out money after spending in excess of £80 million last summer.

Brendan Rodgers—who is desperate to add another creative midfielder to his squad before the Premier League starts—favors Allen, but he will have to settle for Gaitan if the Swans remain determined to hold on to their playmaker. Nevertheless, Rodgers will probably have to sell in order to buy, since the Reds already have a huge wage bill.

Manchester United have been linked with the Benfica midfielder in the past six months, but Sir Alex Ferguson decided against making a move for the 24-year-old.

The Argentinian is best known for his incredible dribbling skills and technical ability, but he also has excellent passing and crossing skills, coupled with above-average speed. Gaitan enjoyed a successful season with Benfica last year, scoring four times and assisting 17 more goals in his 44 appearances for the club.

What do you think? Do Liverpool really need another creative midfielder? Do Liverpool really need Nicolas Gaitan?


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