The midseason transfer window is nearly open, and the English Premier League's Liverpool has already positioned itself nicely to improve this winter by making a wise, £9.5 million bid for Inter Milan superstar Wesley Sneijder, according to Laure James of the Daily Mail.
Liverpool desperately needs to make a splash during the January transfer window, and although its bid for the Dutch midfielder is massive, it's also incredibly smart given what he could bring to Anfield.
Despite standing just over five-and-a-half foot tall, the 28-year-old boasts exceptional speed, power and versatility. Sneijder can play brilliantly with either foot, send spot-on passes to teammates and of course put accurate shots on goal.
Is Liverpool's bid too high, too low or just right?
That would be a crucial offensive boost for the Reds, who rank 10th in the Premier League in goals scored this season, having scored just 28 through their first 19 league matches. That's a little more than half as many as league-leading Manchester United, who has 50 goals in 20 matches.
Sneijder wouldn't become a goal scoring machine for Brendan Rodgers, but his playmaking ability would certainly lead to more chances and scoring opportunities for the club.
Perhaps Sneijder could reinvigorate talented striker Luis Suarez, who has cooled off dramatically following a scorching-hot start to the season. Suarez netted 10 goals in his first 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool in 2012, but had gone cold, scoring just one goal over the course of six EPL outings with the Reds prior to Sunday's win over Queens Park Rangers.
With Sneijder already anticipating a move, based on these comments (via James), Liverpool is in ideal position to acquire a motivated star: "Clearly it's best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred. If that doesn't happen then I will stay. I have a contract with Inter until 2015."
Sneijder has 13 goals and 10 assists in 76 career Italian Serie A appearances for Inter Milan since joining the club in 2009. Before that, he played two seasons with Real Madrid following five stellar years with Dutch club Ajax.
The sky is the limit for Sneijder at Anfield, where he could play alongside veteran midfielder Steven Gerrard, who currently leads Liverpool with five assists in 19 EPL starts.
Sure, Rodgers and the Reds still have plenty of work to do if they hope to bring in a rare talent like Sneijder and begin winning consistently. However, for now, the club has made a very wise choice to make a sizable bid for one of the planet's top playmakers in Wesley Sneijder.
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