Liverpool Transfer Rumour: Raul Meireles to Leave for Serie A?
People.co.uk says that Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for their Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles.
The 28-year-old former Boavista and Porto player moved to Anfield just last year in a deal reported to be worth £11 million and has fared much better than Liverpool's other recent high-profile, high-money foreign midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
In fact, the Premier League statistical engine rated Meireles as the 34th-best player in the league last season with a total score of 423. This suggests that he consistently performed at a higher level than Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and Scott Parker.
Despite lacking form in the first half of the season and playing in a team which lacked confidence and direction until manager Roy Hodgson's departure in January, Meireles eventually showed that where there is a will there is a way.
His goals and performances in the second half of the season even won him the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award and Lucas Leiva, winner of the club's Player of the Year award said Meireles was the club's best player.
In this context, it is amazing that Liverpool are considering selling Meireles, but the player will be uneasy over the arrivals of creative midfielders Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson for fees totalling nearly £30 million and he does not really fit the player profile favoured by the club's new Director of Football Damien Comolli.
It is thought that Italian clubs Internazionale and Juventus are leading the chase for Meireles, but may have to offer more than the amount Liverpool originally paid for a player who has proven to be hard-working and versatile.
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