Liverpool Target Very Keen on £15m Move: Excellent Midfielder

Serie A man would be up for a move to Merseyside.

Sports - February 05, 2008

The Rumour

Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler has welcomed interest from Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Daily Star says Anfield boss Rafa Benitez has earmarked the Udinese midfielder as a replacement if he loses either Real Madrid target Xabi Alonso or Javier Mascherano, who is wanted by Barcelona.

And rival manager Arsene Wenger, who has long been on the trail of the 25-year-old, wants him at the Emirates.

Udinese rate Inler at £15m, but will accept a compromise deal – with the player keen to quit the modest Serie A club.

Inler said: “They play very good football in England as well as in Serie A.”

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The Analysis

Like it or not most of the players linked with a move to Liverpool cater for potential exits and Gokhan Inler’s name is very much in the ring for just such a reason. The Swiss international is a solid and capable midfielder looking to further his career from the mid table Udinese side he represents and apparently he is very keen on a move to England with Benitez and Gunners boss Wenger being the main interested parties.

Arsenal however have apparently not given up hope on Brazilian Felipe Melo and have even considered taking back Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan, so Rafa seems to be in pole position on this one. Inler has been outstanding at the Serie A side and is more of a Javier than a Xabi but can also do the pretty stuff as well as get stuck in.

The price tag is a tad inflated but as this source suggests, the Italian side are willing to negotiate on a player they purchased for a fraction of their valuation two years ago.

The Likelihood

Inler to Liverpool: As with other targets, very much depends on whether Rafa can manage to prevent the loss of either of his two highly rated midfielders.

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