Rafa keen on bringing former PSV man to Anfield.
Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli.
The Brazilian international has been in wonderful form for Galo in his homeland since moving from Flamengo in January 2009, and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has previously sent scouts to monitor the 25-year-old.
Tardelli started his career with Sao Paulo, and spent brief loan periods in Europe with Real Betis and PSV Eindhoven during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns respectively.
A 2008 switch to Flamengo proved unsuccessful for the striker, who would move to his current club after just 16 Brazilian league appearances.
At Mineiro, Tardelli has been rejuvenated, scoring 19 goals in 33 Brazilian Serie ‘A’ appearances. This fine form earned a call-up to Dunga’s national squad for the friendly against Estonia, and Tardelli is on the reserve list for Brazil’s South Africa World Cup squad.
The Daily Mail reports that Mineiro have put a £5 million valuation on the head of their striker, and informed the Reds of this figure. The paper also notes that West Ham are interested in bringing the forward to the Premier League.
Benitez is understood to be working under tight financial transfer restrictions, but this relatively low asking price provides the Spaniard with an interesting South American option when the window opens in January. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Now you don’t usually hear the words “bargain” and “Brazilian” in the same sentence but if Rafa Benitez does indeed snap up highly rated Diego Tardelli for a fee of around £5m (or if you prefer the price of one of Joleon Lescott’s legs) then that would be a damn good bit of business.
In many ways having to operate within a tight budget is a skill that takes a long time to master but perhaps the Anfield boss is beginning to work out how to walk that tightrope. Having already snapped up teenager Jonjo Shelvey and out of contract battle-axe Jovan Milanovic, the Liverpool manager clearly still feels he needs to invest in new talent and a move for Tardelli could be a wise one.
The striker was named among Dunga’s World Cup squad reserves, alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Chelsea’s Alex and Real Madrid’s Marcelo, so he is clearly no mug. Liverpool supporters have been crying out for new striking additions and perhaps Tardelli is just the type of player who could be a useful player to turn to if Fernando Torres is unavailable.
In other news it seems Fabio Aurelio is heading for the Anfield exit after failing to agree a new contract with the club.