Liverpool to Make January Move for “New Alonso”? Midfielder Nilton Would Cost Nothing

Rafa considers Brazilian raid apparently.

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Sports - September 25, 2007

Liverpool have been linked with a January move for Vasco da Gama’s promising young midfielder Nilton.
The 22-year-old Brazilian joined the Rio de Janeiro outfit from Corinthians last year, but Vasco, who once beat Manchester United in the World Club Cup, have slipped into the Brazilian second division.
And Nilton, whose contract at Vasco expires in January, is said to be considering his options having grown discontent at the club’s plight and life outside the top-tier of Brazilian football.
The former Brazil U20 international did his already burgeoning reputation no harm by scoring a spectacular overhead volley in Vasco’s recent 4-1 victory over rivals Vila Nova.
Liverpool have endured a shaky start to their Premier League campaign, suffering losses to Chelsea, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur already this season, as well as succumbing to defeat in a Champions League tie with Fiorentina.
Both pundits and fans alike have pinpointed the absence of Xabi Alonso, who moved to Real Madrid this summer, as the cause for Liverpool’s poor start.
Doubts remain at Anfield over Lucas Leiva, while summer recruit Alberto Aquilani has yet to make it out of the treatment room following his £17 million transfer from Serie A side Roma.
And Rafael Benitez may swoop for Nilton, primarily a defensive midfielder, in a bid to reinforce his depleted midfield. (Four Four Two)

Many Liverpool fans have rightly been concerned about the ailing nature of their defence but there also seems to be some serious issues with their midfield. With Xabi Alonso gone and Javier Mascherano, when picked to start, doesn’t look half the player he did last term, so with that in mind would Rafa be considering a move for this young Brazilian?

Well the fact he appears to be available for nothing come January will at least please the club’s moneymen, who do not seem likely to give Benitez much in the way of capital when the transfer window re-opens, but is Nilton really ready for such a big step up from the second tier of Brazilian football to the top end of the Premier League?

Anyone who is dubbed the “next Zidane/Pele/Maradona” has more often than not been compared to a great player by the player’s agent, and this appears to be the case with this particular individual. I don’t think the Liverpool boss will bring in this youngster and would do better to have a word with his Argentine international and try to get him firing on all cylinders.

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