Christian Atsu is one of the lower profile targets linked with a move to the Premier League with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur both now very likely to try and mount serious bids to sign the forward.
He’s a little unfortunate because he’s been outshone by two very gifted attacking players at Porto in the form of James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez.
With both of those players due to leave the Portuguese giants this summer, the natural assumption is that would make Atsu more valuable to Porto but he doesn’t appear to be ready to show them any loyalty when he’s not really received any.
“I have one more year contract with FC Porto but as a child I always dream to play at the highest level especially in England. I love to play there (England) so when I have the opportunity to play in England for sure I would like to move,” Atsu told reporters.
His young age of just 21-years-old makes him the perfect fit for Liverpool and there is a pressing need for another forward in the squad at Anfield.
The case of Ashley Williams showed just how difficult it is for Brendan Rodgers to get the Liverpool board to approve deals for older players, so his age will make him a very appealing prospect to the club.
His record last season was not prolific, just one goal and one assist in 17 appearances, but Rodgers needs to consider that eight of those appearances were as a sub and his starts came in patches which always makes consistency difficult.
It could also be easier for Liverpool to sign him because the competition for his transfer should be easier to combat.
There are some very big names doing the rounds at the moment in terms of top strikers being linked with top English and European sides, which means Rodgers could pull off another very clever and very cheap deal.
Tottenham also need a striker this summer, which is a reason they have been linked with him for some time.
However, there could be criticism of a Tottenham move for Atsu as the White Hart Lane club have just missed out on the Champions League and there will be pressure to get a top profile forward into the club.
There is also pressure growing, which could explode if Gareth Bale leaves the club this summer for Real Madrid.
There would be uproar from Spurs fans if some of the Bale cash was used on a young forward like Atsu and not towards snapping up some of the club’s higher profile targets.
Atsu has made it clear that he wants to move to England and if Porto want to get a relatively decent fee for him, they have to sell him now even though that means another striker leaving the club.
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