Malaga could be willing to accept as little as £4 million for midfielder Ignacio Camacho this summer, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool.
That’s according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, who suggests the “cash-strapped” La Liga side may well be tempted into a sale for the aforementioned sum despite the 25-year-old having a release clause of £8 million in his contract. The Reds are said to be interested.
Camacho, a multifaceted midfield player, has blossomed into a fine footballer since joining Malaga in 2011 from Atletico Madrid. Here’s a look at what he could potentially add to the Liverpool midfield:
For £4 million, it’d be a coup. Although Liverpool have a lot of central-midfield players on their books, Lucas Leiva is the only player you’d consider to be naturally defensively minded.
Indeed, manager Jurgen Klopp has always set up his sides with a dynamic defensive presence at the base of the midfield—a job that Sven Bender carried out magnificently at Borussia Dortmund—but he does not have that kind of option at Anfield, despite a plethora of midfielders to choose from. Camacho is a player who could potentially fill that void, though.
As noted by Bleacher Report’s Karl Matchett recently, the Malaga man has been proving he can cope up against some of the best midfield players around:
Karl Matchett @karlmatchett
Malaga absolutely bossing Real Madrid here, should be at least one, maybe 2 up. Shocking finishing and refereeing. Camacho dominating Kroos.2016-2-21 15:26:22
Camacho can do it all in midfield. Defensively he’s a colossal influence, capable of shutting down opposition attacks with his sharp instincts, aerial strength and tough tackling. When the Spaniard wins the ball back, he is also a capable distributor.
Additionally, he’s a very shrewd player, willing to take a yellow card to halt forward forays when required.
Yahoo’s La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney commented last month on how helpful a player Camacho is to have in the squad and how infuriating he can be to play against:
Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC
@stighefootball He’s such a great player to have on your side, but an absolute menace to play against. Really runs the show/riles up oppo.2016-1-2 22:59:43
It’s a deal that Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones also reported recently, providing more context about Liverpool’s supposed interest:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
#LFC scouts watch Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho—will cost Jurgen Klopp around £7M this summer | @DeanJonesBR https://t.co/83mGEsRbCP2016-2-22 16:44:10
Another player a lot of Liverpool supporters were hoping to land in the summer was Alex Teixeira, although he agreed to sign for Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in the year.
I spoke to Alex, and really, he said that things were well advanced [To go to Liverpool]. And then I talked to him again, when he signed for the club from China.
And I can say that he was totally willing to go to the Premier League. And he still keeps that dream, from what he told me, in his heart.
If the Reds can secure Camacho for the amount mentioned, then it’d be another piece of brilliant business. Klopp hasn’t made any stellar acquisitions since arriving at the club, but in capturing youngster Marko Grujic and the free transfer of Joel Matip, who will join in the summer, he’s already done some fine work in the transfer market.
Camacho would be another and a player who seems well equipped to not only cope with the Premier League, but also the style of football Klopp is looking to implement at Liverpool.
He may not be a grand name to get pulses racing, but the Malaga midfielder would be a great fit for the Reds and a player who would address a long-term stylistic problem.