'We’ll see if they want to sell him' - £7m Liverpool starlet targeted

Tiago Ilori is being targeted by Granada for a permanent deal in the summer.

Liverpool starlet Tiago Ilori has made the headlines this week - after his magnificent assist for his Granada loan team-mate Piti.

It was the type of pass that Steven Gerrard would be proud of - and showed off the excellent potential that saw Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers spend £7 million on the youngster in September 2013.

However he has not quite made the type of impact he would have liked - and is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool.

He joined La Liga side Granada on loan halfway through January and has now begun to influence the first team at the club.

The Portuguese under-21 international, born in London, certainly is one for the future at Anfield but Granada seem ready to test their resolve over the player.

The clubs sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero has intimated today that they might just try to tempt Liverpool into a sale - despite him only arriving on Merseyside just five months after he arrived.

Speaking at a press conference today he stated on the subject of Ilori:

“He’s shown the experience he gained in Portugal and he’s adapted very quickly to the team. He will keep growing as a player and is an option for us to assess, if the right circumstances are there. When we reach the end of summer, we’ll see if Liverpool want him for their first team, if they want to sell or loan him to us again.”

Of course a sale seems unlikely. Liverpool have only recently invested in the player - and the price-tag they paid would certainly be out of the range that Granada could possibly afford to pay.

However that does not mean a season long loan deal is out of the question come the summer.

However, he turns 21 in a week’s time and at that age he should begin to make an impact on the first team at Anfield.

So the likelihood is that Cordero will not get his wish - and Ilori will be at Liverpool next season.

But expect a cheeky bid this summer.

image: © Catherine Kõrtsmik

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