And that was the case this week with Liverpool and Sporting CP’s William Carvalho. The midfielder, as Sport Witness (via A Bola) discuss here, was linked before the whole saga was brought crashing down by the Liverpool Echo’s club correspondent James Pearce:
@dave_vader81 No mate
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 24, 2017
However, the web has got even thicker with Tancredi Palmeri suggesting that talks are rumbling on:
Liverpool are keeping holding talks with Sporting for William Carvalho
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 24, 2017
It’s hard to work out what is actually going on then, but we think he would be a great addition for Liverpool, and here are THREE reasons why…
£25.6m is not mad money
What is any player’s value in the modern game? At the risk of sounding like a footballing Luddite, the cash in the beautiful game has swelled to another level over the course of the past year or so, with the Premier League’s mega TV deal and the Chinese Super League flooding the market with new money, which clubs, understandably, are splashing willingly.
Indeed, the summer saw a significant 13 English top tier teams break their transfer records and the fact that Crystal Palace, for example, can have a £30m forward in Christian Benteke shows the spread of the pound.
Moving on to Carvalho, A Bola (below) claim that Sporting would be willing to sell their holding midfield star as long as a potential suitor offers at least €30m (£25.6m).
Such a sum is far from ‘crazy’ for a player who is just 24-years-old and has won major honours at club and international level. Add into the mix that Liverpool made a profit on transfers over the summer and have since added more cash to their coffers by offloading Tiago Ilori in the current window, and it becomes clear that they have the financial muscle to consider a deal for the mooted fee as almost a justifiable mid-season ‘bargain’.