Who is Liverpool target Christian Atsu?

Having been linked with a move to Anfield, we tell you all you need to know about the Ghanaian winger.

For a long time, every transfer rumour involving FC Porto was about one of three men. Sometimes the story was about Jackson Martinez, other times about Joao Moutinho or James Rodriguez. But the rapier-like approach to transfers of resurgent French side Monaco has seen the latter two players snapped up before some clubs have even finished their shopping list.

And yet that doesn’t mean there aren’t other Porto players who may be heading to the Premier League this summer; especially if reports linking Liverpool with 21-year-old Christian Atsu are to be believed.

The player has previously been linked with a reunion with former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, and yet reports suggest Brendan Rodgers is ready to offer £3million for a player in the last year of his contract.

So who exactly is he…and what could he bring to Anfield?

The Ghana international has been at Porto since the age of 17, but has rarely reached the heights of some of his more illustrious teammates. Sent on loan to Rio Ave last season, the left winger made 22 appearances and scored six goals.

But while fellow Rio Ave loanee Kelvin returned home this season to score some vital goals that ultimately helped seal the league title, Atsu has had to make do with cameos at best.

Having rejected the chance to extend his current deal, the winger has seen his first-team opportunities limited to just nine league starts and a further eight substitute appearances. In the Champions League, he also had to make do with eight appearances from the bench.

And yet his limited game-time doesn’t tell the whole story. Porto would like to keep him, but it seems the player has other ideas, having previously cited England as a preferred destination.

There are times when we have to think about following our dreams,” he said, “and this is the time to follow my dream.

I will be sad to leave Porto but if I leave I would want my future to be in England.”

With Rodgers seemingly keen to add more wide players to the Liverpool squad, the Ghanaian could be the perfect addition – signed cheaply with great potential.

Having made his international debut almost exactly a year ago – against Lesotho on 1 June 2012 and duly scoring – he has now scored three times for his country in 13 games.

It appears almost certain he will be leaving Estadio do Dragao this summer. And with his intentions very clear as to his preferred league, Rodgers could add another young and exciting attacker to a team fast becoming full of them.

Can you see Atsu joining Liverpool?  And who would be your ideal summer signings for the Reds?

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