Atletico eye Liverpool linked star as manager looks set to juggle squad

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid are lining up a bid for Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo, a player much admired by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

According to various Spanish reports, Spanish international midfielder Koke is likely to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, with Valencia star Dani Parejo being brought in as his replacement.

Parejo, a former Queens Park Rangers loanee, has been a star on the rise since the turn of the year, following the arrival of new Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.

In 20 La Liga appearances, the 24-year-old has been Valencia’s most creative player. His average of 63.4 passes per game - and 46 key passes over the season - tops the club’s charts, and several impressive performances are said to have attracted the attention of Brendan Rodgers.

The Liverpool boss is keen to add a midfielder to his squad next season, and one who will fit in with the footballing philosophy he is trying to create at Anfield. Parejo offers an all-round game, and is arguably more suited to the defensive work than the likes of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, however, Parejo’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed. And according to Spanish newpaper Plaza Deportive, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is eyeing a summer swoop.

The former Spanish U21 star’s Valencia contract expires in 2015, and it may take an offer in excess of €10m to prise him away.

Money this summer, however, appears to be no issue for Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos are set for another Champions League windfall next season, but a more likely source of income will come from an inevitable big money offer for one their stars.

One of those is 22-year-old playmaking midfielder Koke. The Spanish international is enjoying a fabulous season, however, according to Plaze Deportive, Atletico Madrid are likely to sell him as a result of some intense interest from Europe's leading clubs.

With his value now up at €60m - as a result of an updated release clause in his contact - Atletico Madrid would be wise to sell at that price and replace him with the much cheaper Liverpool linked Parejo.

Should Liverpool make an offer for Dani Parejo ? 

 

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