Udinese to buy midfield replacement for £7m Liverpool target?

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Liverpool have been handed a huge boost regarding the £7m transfer of Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemeng-Badu as Udinese want to fully own Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz.

According to the Italian press Udinese will sign ahead with the option to fully own Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz.

The midfielder is currently on the books of Chilean side Universidad de Chile, and is 50% owned by the Chilean side and 50% owned by Serie A side Udinese.

Despite being part owned by the Italians since 2011, Aranguiz has stayed in Chile with Universidad de Chile and was a key member of the side who went a whole national season undefeated and who won the South American equivalent of the Europa League.

From a midfield position, Aranguiz has scored a total of 20 goals in 95 appearances for the Chilean side.

Udinese chairman Gino Pozzo has decided to take up the option of buying out the midfielder, owning 100% of the player’s rights for a reported £1.2m

"The idea is to bring him now and see if he’ll stay in Udinese."

The move itself could be a case of the Italian side bringing in a replacement at short notice for the reported departure of Ghana midfielder Emmanuel-Badu.

The Metro have reported that Liverpool have willingness to sign the midfielder in the January transfer window and the Reds are not put off by the reported £7m asking price.

Brendan Rodgers has been looking at more strength in depth with Lucas Leiva the only natural defensive midfielder the Reds have on the books, and the Udinese player was personally recommended by Liverpool’s European scouts.

Agyemang-Badu, a signing from Ghanaian club Berekum Arsenals for just £440,000, has been linked with the Premier Leage before, with Arsenal and Tottenham showing an interest. The 23-year-old has started 8 Serie A games this season, and standing at just 5ft 7inch tall, the midfielder will fit in well among Liverpool’s small, technical midfielders.

Will Udinese looking at bringing Aranguiz over to Italy in the next couple of days, it might not be long until we see Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu playing in a red shirt in front of the Kop.

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