Having narrowly failed to sign Dynamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzsudzsak at the turn of the year, Liverpool look set to reignite their interest in the Hungarian this summer and what is more, he could prove to be a very canny addition to the Reds squad.
Back in January, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers turned his attentions towards the in-demand Hungary international after being thwarted in his attempts to sign Blackpool wide man Tom Ince.
But the Reds and his Russian employers were unable to come to any sort of agreement over either a transfer fee or then about the possibility of taking Dzsudzsak on loan until the end of the season with a view to signing him on a permanent deal this summer—so Rodgers moved for Inter Milan’s Philippe Coutinho instead.
“Inter along with Liverpool wanted to add Balazs to their squad,” said the player’s agent, Jozef Vorosbaranyi, via Jamie Sanderson of Metro, in February. “But Dynamo would not let the player go.
“My client really likes Moscow, but he wants to move to one of the major European leagues.
“I hope in the summer, Dynamo would look at doing a deal if an offer arrived.”
Now, Vorosbaranyi has confirmed that both those two European heavyweights have since returned to follow up their earlier interest, according to Joe Mewis of Mirror Football, saying: "Numerous clubs made an approach including Internazionale and Liverpool, but I can't say more concrete things.
"Balazs didn't ask the club to let him go because he feels good at the team and has a good partnership with coach Dan Petrescu. But anything can happen."
However, just what type of player would the Merseysiders be getting then this summer if they were to meet Dynamo’s £12 million valuation of the 26-year-old Debrecen-born midfielder?
Firstly, the Reds would be bringing on board someone with a mountain of international experience, with Dzsudzsak having won more than 50 caps for his country since making his international bow in 2007. While the winger has played in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League during the last five years, he has also won league titles in both Hungary and the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, as a wide man, Dzsudzsak comes with a powerful left-footed shot (although he is equally comfortable using his right as well), as his eye-catching goalscoring record of 55 strikes in just 156 matches for PSV Eindhoven suggests.
But the Hungarian’s main qualities as a wide man are both his extreme pace combined with an impressive array of technical abilities that often see Dzsudzsak leave opposition players trailing in his wake as he utilises his outstanding close control in one-on-one situations.
Although it is not just his wide range of tricks that make Dzsudzsak such a hard player to keep under wraps but also the fact that he is equally comfortable operating on both the right or the left flank as either an out-and-out winger who likes to get chalk on his boots or as an “inverted” wide man who can come inside and make full use of his dangerous shooting abilities.
What is more, the player has often been likened to David Beckham back in his homeland due to his world-class, set-piece abilities, with Dzsudzsak often given the responsibility for taking corners, free kicks and spot kicks during his time in both the Eredivisie and the Russian Premier League.
As a result, the Hungarian is not only a regular scorer of goals, but he is also a provider of countless assists for teammates, as his league-high 15 in just 32 league appearances for PSV in 2009 clearly demonstrates.
So were Liverpool to sign Dzsudzsak this summer, they would be getting an experienced, pacy, skilful, two-footed winger with an eye for goal who is a set-play expert that has been described by some judges as the complete attacking midfield player.
Do not forget either that this is a man who fetched an eye-watering transfer fee of €19 million when moving from Anzhi Makhachkala to Dynamo in January 2012, making him the most expensive Hungarian footballer ever in the process.
Dzsudzsak has also won a plethora of individual awards as well, including Hungarian Footballer of the Year (2010) and Eredivisie Player of the Year (2010 and 2011).
However, whether Liverpool will be able to land the coveted wide man remains to be seen, although if they can, then the Reds would be buying a player with all the attributes to be a huge success at Anfield in the future.
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