Would’ve been a good buy in my book.
According to a report in Portuguese daily Diario de Noticias, Juventus had set aside €22 million to lure Atletico Madrid winger Simao to the Stadio Olimpico, but could not complete a deal.
The offer was resoundingly rejected by the Spanish club, whose director of sport, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, admitted that several European clubs were keen on the 29-year-old.
Among the sides who reportedly made moves for Simao were Liverpool, Manchester City, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain.
Simao arrived in Madrid in 2007 for a reported fee of €20m, following a six-year spell at Benfica. (Goal.com)
Well this is interesting news. Clearly Simao is a player who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past but it appears, at least according to these sources, that an offer was made this summer for the Portuguese International.
The adaptable attacker can play in a number of positions but is perhaps most effective on the left hand side and would have been a pretty decent signing in my book. A tricky customer who has bags of experience, could well have done well in the Premier League.
The former Barcelona and Benfica man has been in great form for Atletico Madrid providing ammunition for strike pairing Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero. Clearly it is likely that any move we made for the nippy wide man would have been made before we purchased Alberto Aquilani as we wouldn’t have had sufficient funds at other periods of the transfer window.
We may not have heard the last of this one though.