Liverpool have been linked with an approach for Jonathan de Guzman on loan at Swansea City, but they would be better off strengthening in other areas.
Brendan Rodgers could well improve his midfield over the summer, as he’s already identified three or four areas of his squad which he would like to strengthen ahead of the 2013/2014 season.
One midfielder who has been mentioned as Jonathan de Guzman of Swansea City, currently on loan with the Premier League side from Villarreal.
If Liverpool make any move to sign de Guzman on a permanent deal before they have secured the much more valuable signing of Ashley Williams, it could backfire on them.
Brendan Rodgers has always been balancing things on a fine knife edge when it comes to players from Swansea, he’s interested in taking to his current project at Anfield.
Williams is definitely someone that Liverpool would love to sign but if the club blocks Swansea’s own attempts to sign de Guzman, they miss out altogether on the chance to sign Williams.
In the greater scheme of things, it’s much more important for the club to keep the relationship between the two clubs positive to give Liverpool the best chance of signing Williams this summer.
Rodgers made a commitment to the current Swansea chairman, that he would not raid the Swansea squad to take player over to Liverpool with him.
He’s already broken that promise once with the signing of Joe Allen and for a Williams deal to be possible, Liverpool must maintain as positive a relationship as possible.
De Guzman has been having a brilliant season for Swansea which has led to many sources suggesting the club will try to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
If Swansea and Liverpool both try to sign him and the Anfield club get their man, that will leave an extremely bitter taste in the mouths of the people who control Swansea, which will make them less than charitable when it comes to negotiations for a possible Williams deal.
It’s also possible that going after de Guzman is something which could alienate Williams to the point where he’s put off of joining Liverpool, as he’s a very big Swansea player and support, who has always shown a great willingness to relate and sympathise with the current side.
In short, Williams is a far more important potential signing for Liverpool and they risk missing out on both players if they decide to go after de Guzman before they have the Welshman signed on the dotted line.
Williams or de Guzman, who is more important for Liverpool?
image: © wonker