Reports yesterday claimed Liverpool were considering a summer move for Benfica striker Rodrigo.
The 23-year-old was consistently linked with a potential switch to Arsenal back in January, but now it appears Brendan Rodgers could be readying a transfer that would cost in the region of €30million.
That is how much the striker’s economic rights were sold for in the New Year, and despite continuing to play for the Portuguese league leaders, said rights are now owned by Meriton Capital Limited.
While that may sound strange to those fans used to the machinations of the Premier League, it is fairly common in some other countries and is likely to see the former Bolton loanee move on this summer.
But would it be a wise move on Rodgers’ part, considering the players currently at his disposal and the considerable outlay it would take to bring him to Anfield?
When you consider that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are mainstays in the Reds front-line, any new striker is likely to be brought in predominantly as back-up. Although of course with Liverpool likely to be competing in the Champions League, squad-depth will take on added importance.
Rodrigo may have eight goals in 19 Primeira Liga matches, but the majority of those came in a surge of form during the winter, when the Spaniard netted six goals in five games.
Aside from that he had not found the net since the opening day of the campaign, although he has since added to his tally with a strike at the beginning of March.
Rodrigo’s 12 goals in all competitions highlight the fact that he knows where the net is. But for €30million, I have to question whether he is the right man for the job.
When you consider that Fabio Borini is already a Liverpool player, any new striker Rodgers moves for should be considerably better than the diminutive Italian.
Currently on loan at Sunderland, Borini may only have six goals to date but he has played predominantly from the left-wing, while his strikes have been against some of the biggest teams in the country.
When played as a centre-forward, Borini has netted against both Manchester City and Manchester United. He also scored home and away against Newcastle United in two of the Black Cats’ biggest matches of the season and scored a vital goal against Chelsea in the League Cup.
In short, he is not fazed by the opposition, and when you consider he is a year younger than Rodrigo but already knows the Premier League so well, that outlay on a player who would predominantly be a back-up striker makes little sense.