Liverpool have tabled an improved bid for Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic, as Brendan Rodgers steps up his pursuit of Steven Gerrard’s mooted replacement at Anfield, but is this a player the Northern Irish manager should be chasing?
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The Reds had a £7m offer instantly rejected [via Winner Sports], but were told that an improved sum around double their initial figure might be accepted.
Such is Liverpool’s desire to land the 21-year-old that Brendan Rodgers has returned with an offer of £12.9m, according to reports cited in the Express. The newspaper state, however, that it’s likely the Nerazzurri are holding out for a fee closer to £18m.
Kovacic has caught the eye this season with Liverpool having sent scouts throughout the season to watch his performances [via the Daily Mail]. The Croatian playmaker made 40 appearances in all competitions under Roberto Mancini, netting five goals and registering two assists.
Nonetheless, while a player of promise, there’s no doubt that following a hugely underachieving campaign and the loss of their talisman to the MLS, the Reds are in need of an established midfielder.
A player not bought on hope – but on experience and quality.
Brendan Rodgers’ summer signings, costing £116,550,000 [via HITC] – Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi, Alberto Moreno, Mario Balotelli and Javier Manquillo – were all arguably signed with the expectation that they could signal a new era at Anfield.
However, it’s been plain to see that not one of those signings has lived up to expectations in their debut season.
If the reports cited in the Express are true – and Inter Milan are demanding a fee of £18m – the club should surely look to save this money for a signing of established class.
Carlos Tevez is rumoured to be considering a move to Liverpool [via the Metro] – and this is a signing that would excite the Anfield faithful. A player with esteemed experience in the Premier League and who is high in confidence in front of goal.
The Reds must look to force through such a signing as Tevez and secure a similar name in midfield.