Spanish newspaper Marca has suggested that Liverpool will have an almighty, and very expensive, struggle on their hands if they want to go after a deal for Valencia’s Dani Parejo.
The 25-year-old central midfielder has a buy-out clause estimated at €25 million but according to Marca, that’s not a major area of concern for the La Liga club.
“This time, Valencia are not prepared to sit back and accept Parejo's buy-out clause, set at €25 million,” reports Marca.
How Liverpool and the player get round that, if he’s keen on an Anfield switch, is if he funds the move himself, which opens up a can of worms in terms of the legal taxes and implications the deal would then be subject to.
In short, the Spanish publication suggests if the club and player take the second option, it could cost them almost double his reported buy-out clause.
“There has even been talk of the player being the one to pay it, which would generate higher taxes for the purchasing club, making for a total of €46 million.”
Whether Parejo is worth the trouble for Brendan Rodgers considering these complications is questionable.
Liverpool are well stocked in terms of central midfield with Lucas adapting to a holding role, Steven Gerrard more than capable of playing deeper and more advanced roles while Jordan Henderson is arguably the most versatile midfielder in English football.
Reports are still lingering of the Reds’ apparent interest in Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, a huge deal which could see Rodgers snap up an extremely talented attacking midfield man, taking some of the pressure off of Gerrard to play further up the pitch.
Given the choice between Lallana and Parejo, the England international has to be the preferred choice because of his Premier League experience and the quality he showed for Southampton last season.
A €25 million deal for Parejo would take a good chunk out of Rodgers’ summer budget and for someone who makes sensible and basic decisions at Anfield, it would be bizarre if he urged the Reds to get involved in a far more complicated deal.