Anfield boss wants Udinese midfielder.
Udinese star Gokhan Inler’s agent has stated that the player may leave the club in January, with Liverpool reportedly interested in his services.
Inler appeared in Switzerland’s 3-1 defeat to England on Tuesday in their Euro 2012 qualifier and is regarded as one of his country’s most talented players after moving to Italy three years ago.
The 26-year-old has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Napoli and Inter Milan in the past, but so far there has been no concrete offers made for the midfielder, who decided to stay put.
“I have not had direct contacts with Napoli for Inler. I know that the clubs have spoken, however, they showed no great interest to negotiate,” the player’s agent Dino Lamberti told Radio Quinta Rete.
“With Inter Milan there were contacts in the last days of market but the agreement was not found.
“Staying in Udine was also a decision of the boy, because the (Udinese’s owners) Pozzo family wants to do a good championship and for Inler it’s good to grow again, before taking a step in a great team.
“When you go to a top team you must be able to play, otherwise after just two weeks you are forgotten.
“Away in January? Never say never. Liverpool are also interested in Inler and already with Benitez they followed him.” (Sky Sports)
Gokhan Inler is a battling midfielder who has been linked with a move to the Premier League for the best part of two years. Arsenal were said to be tracking the Swiss international but no bid was forthcoming and the 26 year old has continued to impress after three consistent seasons in Serie A.
Roy Hodgson may see the former FC Zurich man as a long term replacement for Javier Mascherano who engineered a move to Barcelona leaving the Anfield looking for a back up plan. The signing of Christian Poulsen was not a like for like replacement, as stated by the Liverpool manager, but the Dane should be able to add some steel to the Merseyside club’s midfield.
The 26 year old powerfully built battler clearly likes the idea of moving to the Premier League but a lot could depend on how Hodgson goes about raising funds to bring in the £12m rated Udinese man. Raul Meireles’s move to Liverpool will give the side an added dimension but the Portuguese international is more a Xabi Alonso type than a Mascherano style player.