Rafa sets sights on impressive young talent.
Rafa Benítez and Carlo Ancelotti don’t scrawl their transfer targets on the back of envelopes and use them to fan themselves as they stride through a throng of supporters. More’s the pity. Mind you, that’s not going to stop us reporting that Benítez has joined Arsenal, Sevilla, Juventus and Milan in the chase for 17-year-old “Georgian wonderkid” Zhano Ananidze. (Guardian)
Rafa has definitely attempted to harvest young talent at Anfield in the past 18 months. Our academy and youth sides have helped bring in a few talented players to the fringes of the first team and as well as looking to improve the development of the kids at the club he has also had an eye on bringing in younger players from abroad, as he did with David Ngog. With this in mind it appears he is keen on Zhano Ananidze.
The Georgian teenager is of course dubbed “The New Kinkladze” simply because there are very few other Georgians worthy of aligning your client to, this is no doubt what the player’s agents thought process was when he invariably came up with the comparison.
Zhano is by all accounts a damn fine prospect who has already made a name for himself at Spartak Moscow where he became the youngest player to score in the Russian Premier League earlier this month. No doubt interest in the youngster could have something to do with the fact that if he were to be picked up anytime soon he could serve three years at a Premier League club prior to turning 21 and therefore be counted as a ‘homegrown’ player under recent guidelines.
Looks a decent player but not sure we have the required £8m+ needed to sign an up and coming player, more likely that Rafa will look to use any spare cash on players who can make an immediate impact.