Liverpool poised to snatch £16million Manchester United target


Seemingly flushed with their success of playing pacey front men, as the like of Suarez and Sturridge tear up defences throughout the Premier League, Liverpool are reported to be keen on adding more firepower of a similar type by pursuing Argentine wide man Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica,

Manchester United are also noted to be keen on the player, but at 26 years old and priced at around £16million he hardly looks a snip. As an attacking player, his goals ratio is hardly outstanding having netted only 15 times in 92 outings since joining Benfica from Boca Juniors in 2010.

Should Liverpool move for the player however, it would probably end all hopes of Victor Moses securing a permanent deal to stay at Anfield. The Chelsea player was loaned out by Jose Mourinho at the beginning of the season, and although he had a number of impressive performances during the early months, he has since become a peripheral figure, hardly featuring at all in recent games. A trip back to Chelsea in the summer may not hold better promise, and a further loan period elsewhere, or a permanent transfer may be on the cards.

One of the key arts of management is however an ability to see something in a player that others cannot and then to develop it. Brendan Rodgers seems to have this and his success in developing a seemingly ‘lost’ Jordan Henderson into a key component of the Liverpool team is an illustration. If he sees value in signing Gaitan, Liverpool’s hierarchy may well be wise to listen to his counsel

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