Why Liverpool should be hoping Celta Vigo get relegated

Liverpool’s interest in Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas could quickly solidify if the Spanish side are relegated from La Liga.

The forward currently has a ten million Euro buy-out clause in his contract, which is set to be cut by a third if the club are relegated to the second tier of Spanish football.

That means Liverpool could snap him up and draft him into their squad for a fee of around the £5 million mark, which would represent a superb piece of business by Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers has made no secret of the fact that he’s looking to bring in some attacking cover this summer, to prevent a similar situation happening to what the club had to deal with at the start of last season.

Aspas is a 25-year-old forward who has a very slick, clean and impressive record in Spain’s top division this season; 35 appearances, 11 goals and six assists in all competitions for the bottom table club.

Those are figures which don’t suggest he’s instantly going to start challenging Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez for a starting place in the side, but they prove he could do an efficient impact job at Anfield.

It could be a very easy deal for Liverpool to complete because Aspas may want to avoid playing in a lower standard of football next season.

The chance to move to Liverpool would also be something that he wouldn’t have been expecting and the calibre, profile and history of the club means he shouldn’t have too much of a problem playing second fiddle to Sturridge and Suarez.

This is also a player who already has knowledge of the pure football that Brendan Rodgers has always tried to get Liverpool playing.

Technically he’s good enough to fit into any system that Rodgers uses and his size and physique is not too dissimilar to Sturridge so it would be a case of fitting him in as opposed to building the system around him.

The only problem is he’s from the same breed as the great one club players the Premier League currently has, having spent his entire senior career at Celta Vigo.

That could brand a sense of honest loyalty into him, increasing the chance that he may feel he owes it to the club to try and fire them back into La Liga at the first time of trying.

However, Liverpool don’t have many good options like this who could be available in very cheap deals.

If they dangle the carrot then Celta may just bite it because they are going to need that cash to keep their heads above water next season, regardless of what Aspas may actually want personally.

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