An intelligent cost effective move Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish would do well to consider.
Liverpool contemplate intelligent free transfer of Spain international
Liverpool are thought to be considering a clever short term move for Spain international left back Joan Capdevila, who is allowed to leave Villarreal on a free transfer at the age of 33.
“We have an arrangement with Villarreal that they will allow him to leave on a free transfer if an interesting offer comes in,” said Capdevila’s agent Horacio Gaggioli in an interview with Portuguese newspaperO Jogo.
Although at 33, he is older than the signings that Liverpool owner John W Henry typically sanctions, with no cost he may prove effective.
An offer from Liverpool would surely be interesting enough for both Capdevila and Villarreal – though they will have to fend off Benfica, who of course lost Fabio Coentrao to Real Madrid earlier this summer.
This could be an interesting, and intelligent, stop gap signing, not least as youngster Jack Robinson looks like a good prospect and could be a player Liverpool turn too in the near future. Joan Capdevila is a hugely experienced campaigner who clearly has a lot to offer even at the age of 33, after all he helped Spain to World Cup glory just over a year ago and given the cost to sign him would be zero, this seems like a risk with no down side.
Capdevila has over 400 La Liga appearances to his name and has been a formidable left back for both club and country and may well be keen on a new challenge and the chance to join his fellow Spanish international team-mate Pepe Reina at Anfield would surely be very temping indeed.
Liverpool were priced out of the race to sign Arsenal left back Gael Clichy who left to join megabucks Man City and it appears that Newcastle United may want as much as £11.5m for a player who has just one year left on his current contract, a clever way for Alan Pardew from preventing the want-away Magpie from flying the St James’ Park nest, therefore the option to bring in an experienced free transfer option may appeal to Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli.
Last term Dalgish, and his predecessor Roy Hodgson, tried a number of options on the left. Paul Konchesky, now at Leicester City, was the club’s original first choice but he failed to make an impact. Fabio Aurelio was back up but seemingly injury prone and not the player he once was. At times Dalglish as to opt for playing the likes of Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson out of position but the club does have 17 year old Robinson to turn to if needed, hence the possibility to opt for Capdevila as an interim purchase.
Remember Capdevila played every minute of the 2010 World Cup and looked very solid indeed as Spain swept all before them on their way to winning the trophy in South Africa. Last term he made more than 40 appearances for Villarreal helping the Yellow Submarines to a Champions League spot, perhaps he could do likewise for Liverpool?