Though we’re only a week into this Premier League season, Liverpool fans have every reason to be cheerful.
For a start, they picked up a hard-fought three points against Stoke City, surviving a late penalty scare. More importantly, however, their squad is already a lot stronger than it was last season.
Then there’s Willian, Liverpool’s Brazilian transfer target. The prospect of him moving to Anfield is giving fans even more cause for celebration.
Willian is a 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who left Shakhtar Donestsk last January to join Anzhi Makhachkala. He cost the Russian club a startling £30m. So how comes it that Liverpool are being linked to the player just 8 months later?
Anzhi currently play their games in Moscow, but the plan is to move the club back to Makhachkala. Following this, more Russian players will be drafted in and foreign stars like Willian will be allowed to leave.
The player himself has spoken out about his current situation: “There are conversations, and I am hoping in the next few days for an offer from a club like Liverpool.”
“If it is Liverpool, then they are a great club. The news came as a real shock, but I’m calm about it and hoping for the best, because I’ve been told they will help the players to go, if they get a good offer.” (The Mirror)
With the World Cup fast approaching, Willian is keen to stake his claim in the Brazilian squad. A move to Liverpool may help him to do this.
The Mirror claims that £15m could be enough to convince Anzhi to sell. Why the Russian club would be willing to sell at that big a loss is beyond me, but if that’s all it would take, Liverpool should strike now.
Newcastle are also thought to be interested and if the player is available at that price, other clubs will surely get involved. Willian is a player with technical grace, flair and attacking endeavour. I have a feeling he’d take the Premier League by storm.
There’s every reason to believe that the Reds can crack the top four this season, especially if this wave of good feeling continues to roll over those associated with the club. Let’s hope that Willian joins the bandwagon!
What’s your take? Should Liverpool make a move for this £15m Brazilian?
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