Liverpool Transfer News: Tiago Ilori Reportedly Close to Joining Reds
With only a few formalities remaining with deals for Kolo Toure from Manchester City confirmed by BBC and with that of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo confirmed by ESPN, Liverpool has once again moved quickly to address the centre-back position this time.
Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon is the name that is reportedly closely linked to the Reds by the Liverpool Echo, stating:
"Liverpool are also in negotiations with Sporting as they look to secure the services of young centre-back Ilori.
The ECHO understands the Reds have tabled a bid of around £3million for the 20-year-old defender, who is currently on international duty with Portugal at the Toulon Tournament in France.
The Reds are increasingly confident they will complete the deal with cash-strapped Sporting willing to do business and Ilori having indicated his desire to join the club."
If Liverpool wants to replace Jamie Carragher for next season with signing someone who will go straight into the first team, Ilori may not exactly fit the bill. Coming from a different league and being very inexperienced at 20, it might be a big task to perform week in week out in a very fast and physical league.
Standing tall at 6'3", Ilori certainly will be up for the physical battles and the numerous headed clearances that he will have to make if he joins the Reds.
For someone so tall, he is not slow either. In fact, he is one of the fastest in the Portuguese league having broken Sporting Lisbon's sprint records previously held by the likes of Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The big question still remains whether he will find himself in the first team more often than not. Another one to address would be whether Liverpool has sights on another defender still. Will Martin Skrtel still be at Anfield come September and does Brendan Rodgers rate Sebastian Coates?
There are so many permutations and combinations still ready to unfold. Add to the mix the versatility of Liverpool's fantastic youth products in Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly and it becomes a great headache to have for any manager. One thing is certain, though. This summer window is proving to be more exciting for the Reds fans than many of the previous ones.
Well, fans may point out to the Luis Suarez scenario (Guardian) and bring in some pessimism but on the balance of it, I believe one should be more than satisfied by the work being done by Rodgers and his team to recruit targets this summer. Most summers were very hard to pass as a Liverpool fan with the glaring amount of inactivity; not anymore.
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