Anfield boss brings in talented Portuguese midfielder.
Liverpool have moved quickly to replace Javier Mascherano by agreeing a £10.7m package with Porto tonight for the Portugal international Raul Meireles.
Meireles, one of Portugal’s more impressive players in the World Cup, is understood to have agreed personal terms and, if everything goes according to plan, the deal will be completed over the weekend, dependent on the 27-year-old passing a medical examination.
The transfer was rushed through this evening after Mascherano finally got his wish to leave Anfield, joining Barcelona in a £20m deal that freed up the money for Liverpool to bring in a cheaper replacement.
Meireles is available for a low fee because he only has two years of his contract left and Porto have been trying to sell him rather than risk losing him on a free transfer in the future.
The player has been prominently linked with Manchester United over the past month but does not fit into the club’s policy under the Glazer family of not signing players for big money if they are aged 26 or above, Dimitar Berbatov being the exception to the rule.
Liverpool do not operate with such restrictions and the manager Roy Hodgson will hope Meireles can make his debut in the league game at Birmingham City tomorrow week. (Guardian)
Well Roy Hodgson has indeed acted swiftly to fill the void left by Javier Mascherano but the signing of impressive Portuguese international Raul Meireles is not a like for like replacement for the Argentine as in many ways the Porto man is far more attack minded than the Barcelona bound man.
That said, this is a great capture by the Anfield boss who clearly had the 27 year old on his radar for some time. Manchester United were said to be very keen on strong, incisive battler but it seems that Hodgson actually made a solid offer that the Portuguese side felt was too good to turn down.
The capture also goes some way to show that the American owners were willing to use funds from Mascherano’s sale to reinvest in the Merseyside side and that will please the fans who will of course still hope that a takeover is completed sooner rather than later.