According to this source, the deal for this Spanish winger is done and Liverpool have themselves a pretty good winger at their disposal!
El Mundo Deportivo has reported that Catalan outfit Espanyol have reached an agreement with Premiership giants Liverpool for the sale of winger Albert Riera.
The deal is believed to be worth €9 million upfront, plus €3 million based on the player’s performance, totalling the €12 million that Espanyol were holding out for.
Both clubs are now working on the finer details of the transfer and once it is completed, the 26 year old will fly out to Merseyside to pen a four year contract with the option of a fifth.
Espanyol president Daniel Sánchez Llibre revealed that the Blanc-i-Blau will have to dish out 30% of the transfer fee from the sale to Girondins Bordeaux as part of the agreement when the winger joined the Catalan side from the French outfit.
Llibre has also assured that the club have already begun looking for Riera’s replacement and a possible option is River Plate’s Olympic gold medallist, Diego Bounanotte. The 20 year old would only cost Los Periquitos around the region of €4 million and El Mundo believes that both parties have already made contact to begin negotiations. (goal.com)
The source seems to suggest this is a done and dusted deal and, if so, the red half of Merseyside has beaten off Everton in the pursuit of the Espanyol man. Many believe that one of the things missing from Rafa’s squad is some more free-flowing attacking wingers, they have Ryan Babel but not much else in that department, aside from some very promising youngsters. Do Liverpool fans think this is a good signing, if indeed this is confirmed to be accurate?