If Brendan Rodgers signed Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon for £2 million then not many of the club’s rivals are going to bat an eyelid.
However, it could be a deal which turns out to be held in the same sort of light as Swansea City’s signing of Michu last summer, because Ilori has the potential to be a very special player at Liverpool.
The club will be signing a defender this summer, that much is clear now that Jamie Carragher has agreed a deal to do some media work with Sky Sports, in effect ruling out the chance he’ll go back on retirement.
So what is it about Ilori that makes him such a potentially good investment?
Well to begin with he’s only 20-years-old and having only played senior football for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, he could jump at the chance to move to one of England’s biggest and most historic clubs.
As a central defender he seems to have all of the key qualities needed to do well in the Premier League; height at six feet and three inches tall, as well as strength and more pace than Carragher ever had during his career.
That hunger and desire which is unique in younger players is something that Rodgers is trying to brand across his entire squad at the moment, as more and more youthful players come into the first team.
It’s that aspect of things which makes this deal more appealing to Ilori because he could easily have been intimidated by a move to Liverpool.
The fact that Rodgers is basing the current team around youth means that he’ll feel more comfortable playing with players around his own sort of age, with the right experience injected to keep him on his toes and ensure he doesn’t make mistakes.
The fee being quoted as a base rate in media reports is around the £2 million mark, which is a very low amount for someone that is bound to attract a lot of interest; Toulouse apparently tried to sign him last January.
However, even if a bidding war breaks out and that fee starts to go much higher, it’s still within what Liverpool can afford unless that situation spirals out of control and the fee goes the wrong side of £10 million which seems unlikely.
Ilori more than likely has ambitions to play for the Portugal senior side, having represented his country at three different levels already.
That guarantees that if Liverpool put together some sort of official bid, it won’t take much persuasion for him to sign on the dotted line and at £2 million that’s a risk worth taking.
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