The future of Ishak Belfoldil, a player Liverpool scouted, is a hot topic of discussion in Italy.
It’s unclear whether the bid came from Liverpool but their interest in the Algerian superstar means it was more than likely them but the bad news is Parma are playing hard ball over the price.
Liverpool need to add another body to the attack of their side, even if Luis Suarez stays at the club next season, to provide extra cover and depth in that area of the current squad.
Belfodil is a player who ticks all of the right boxes as far as the board are concerned; he’s young, he has a good record and he’s a versatile front man but his price could now be a problem.
“We turned down an offer from a foreign side last week because it was too low. We rejected 11 million Euros at the start of the year so he won’t be leaving for less than that,” said Parma Chief Tommaso Ghirardi.
The €11 million offer was reportedly from Juventus, who have now moved onto more proven targets, and are only likely to return for the player at the end of the window if they are unsuccessful.
Parma are seemingly trying to push the fee up towards what the club paid for Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and any Liverpool fan would admit that Belfodil is a far less stable proposition than their current front man.
“We kept him in January despite getting a great offer for him. That was a mistake because his form in the second half of the season suffered as a result,” he added.
Belfodil's mind isn’t at Parma and he’s already thinking about his next challenge, but part of being a top player means coping with pressure, something he seemingly hasn't done.
Football has been laced with fruitless attempts by clubs to keep players who have made it obvious that they don’t want to be at that club, which means it’s only a matter of time before Belfodil moves on.
Liverpool now have a choice to make if they are interested in him. They can go after Belfodil with eight Serie A goals last season or they may decide Iago Aspas' addition means they do not need him.
What would you do? Is Belfodil worth the trouble?
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