Reported by various papers in Spain – including local Valencia paper Superdeporte – Valencia’s much-improved central midfielder has become a target for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
The former Real Madrid youth product is an all-round midfielder, capable of solid defensive duties as well as contributing to the attack, and would be a good addition for the Reds.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is well aware of his midfield brittleness, with Steven Gerrard often playing in an unfamiliar deeper role to cover for the injured Lucas Leiva. The Reds can count on Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva in that area – but other than the Brazilian, the other three often lack defensive discipline.
Dani Parejo has had experience in England, joining QPR on a one-year loan spell as a youngster in 2008. However, the deal was unsuccessful and after 14 appearances, he returned to Spain having made little impact.
Today, Parejo is a completely different player, both in style and stature.
Following the arrival of new Valencia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi, the 24-year-old midfielder has been the star player in the absence of Ever Banega who returned to his native Argentina on loan.
In Valencia’s recent win over Barcelona in the Nou Camp, Parejo was wonderful – making 51 passes and maintaining an 86% success rate. He was a constant thorn in Barca’s side, netting an equaliser in the first-half and played two key passes – outshining Barcelona’s assist king Cesc Fabregas.
The former Spanish U21 international has contributed to five goals this season by means of goals and assists. Despite only starting 15 La Liga games, Parejo has made over 1,000 passes – making more key passes than any other player in the Valencia squad.
Parejo has a contract at the Mestalla stadium until 30 June 2016, and his Real Madrid buy-back clause has recently expired giving Liverpool a clear path to bring him to Merseyside this summer, but don’t expect Valencia to allow their new star player to leave without a fight.
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