Anfield boss looks to resolve defensive problems with big money centre back move.
Liverpool are set to go up against Juventus in the battle to sign Portuguese international centre-back Bruno alves, playing with with Zenit stt-Petersburg.
It has been reported that the 29 year old was Juventus bound, however it now appears, according to reports in Italy, that Juventus face strong opposition from Liverpool who are looking to add Alves experience to their defence.
Alves is noted for his strength, tough tackling and aerial ability. He spent most of his professional career at F.C. Porto, winning a total of nine titles, seven as first-choice.
On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League’s FC Zenit for €22 million, joining compatriots Danny and Fernando Meira in the squad. Upon his arrival, head coach Luciano Spalletti described him as a very important player for the team, noting his experience, ability in the air and strong character.
No fee has been mentioned but it is thought that at least £20 Million will be required to even tempt Zenit in to opening up negotiations.
Though Liverpool did manage to collect a clean sheet from their performance against Swansea City, it was more through luck than hard work and there is no doubting that Kenny Dalglish will be considering bringing in new defensive options after seeing his Anfield side make far too many basic mistakes at the back.
29 year old Bruno Alves may well be a good solution to the problem, the former Porto man is vastly experienced and a powerfully built no nonsense centre back who may well be keen on a move to the Premier League but interest from Juventus will also no doubt be considered, not least as Antonio Conte’s Turin side are in fine form thus far this season.
During his nine years at Porto the Portuguese international racked up four domestic titles and as well as being defensively sound was also a useful goalscoring presence from set plays.
At Zenit Alves has thrived. In his opening season he led the club to a Russian Premier League title with the defence conceding just 21 goals in 30 matches and Luciano Spalletti’s side are currently top of the table this term.
Currently Liverpool have predominantly used Martin Skrtel alongside Daniel Agger in recent weeks and the pair have struggled to keep things tight at the back and Jamie Carragher has made a number of mistakes this season and youngsters Sebastian Coates and Danny Wilson are probably some way off being considered first team squad regulars.
The price tag may however be an issue as £20m for a player a couple of weeks shy of his 30th birthday is a tad excessive.