Liverpool are continuing their search for a winger, with Sporting Lisbon's Diego Capel now claimed to be a major target for Brendan Rodgers.
Despite signing Victor Moses from Chelsea in a loan deal in the summer, Rodgers remains on the lookout for wingers, and has previously been linked with Ukrainian international duo Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko of Dnipro and Dynamo Kiev respectively, with a move for a winger almost certain to take place in the January transfer window.
And now, former Sevilla wide man Capel looks to be a name of interest for Liverpool, with his current club, Sporting Lisbon, needing to sell players to solve their financial problems. One of the highest earners at Estadio Jose Alvalade, Capel may be sacrificed, with a fee of around £6m supposedly enough to take him away from the Portuguese giants.
The 25 year old made well over 150 appearances for La Liga side Sevilla in a ten year association with the Andalusian club, where he won successive UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007, earning two Spain caps in the process. However, he has particularly excelled since clinching a £5m move to Portugal in 2011, scoring 10 goals in just 51 starts for Sporting, and has now attracted the interest of the Anfield club, as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Capel has earned a reputation for being a direct winger with great speed, and having seen Rodgers rejuvenate the careers of Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer with Swansea City, his tendency to get the best out of pacy wide men could make Spaniard Capel a bargain at just £6m. Capel isn't just a luxury player, as he is a great team player and makes extra effort to track back and help his defence.
The Reds need a few new additions to secure a place in the top four, and with Moses only on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, Capel could prove to be the long-term solution on the flanks for Liverpool, as they look to relieve some of the creative pressure from Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho, particularly with Suarez's future still up in the air and Coutinho currently sidelined through injury.
With Arsenal and Spurs likely to have higher priorities than signing another winger in the New Year, Liverpool may be in pole position to land the flying winger with a cut-price bid. The presence of fellow Spaniards Jose Enrique, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas may also tip the balance in Liverpool's favour, with Alberto one the Sevilla books at the same time as Capel.
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