There are just over two weeks left in the January transfer window, and if reports from Superdeport in Spain, and Eurosport are to be believed, Liverpool and Valencia are going to battle it out for the signature of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The Spanish side are in the market for a winger after they sold Carles Gil to Aston Villa for £3.2 million this week. Liverpool are trying to increase their attacking options and are said to see the Argentine as the man for the job.
PSG coach, Laurent Blanc, is keen to bring in a new player this month in order to freshen things up at the Parc des Princes this season. After 20 games, the French champions are fourth, a position that is unacceptable. Changes are needed to rescue the campaign.
Lavezzi has regularly played on the left of PSG’s three-man attack, but with the side misfiring and his fellow attackers being Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, the 29-year-old Lavezzi, and his reported wages of €100,000 a week, look likely to be the first on the exit list.
His position has been under threat all season and Lavezzi had only made eight league starts at the winter break. Then, the ex-Napoli man failed to show for PSG’s camp in Morocco and his late return to training led to Blanc taking action against him and fellow absentee Cavani.
"These two players have done something unacceptable,” said Blanc, quoted by ESPN. “It's a total lack of respect towards the club. It's to be expected that the decision to punish them was unanimous."
Last season Lavezzi was key during the second half of the season, but the development of Lucas Moura has limited his opportunities in the first team.
Lavezzi, when he is in form, can be an explosive option down the left-wing. He has a good eye for a pass, and likes to break into the box to create chances for himself or his teammates.
A move to either England or Spain could be exactly what the winger needs to freshen up his career.
Liverpool are still in the Europa League, and would be able to cover the €10-15 million transfer and the player's high wages. Although they have just sold Gil to the Premier League, it is unclear whether Valencia would be able to match Lavezzi’s demands.
He may have had his problems this season, but Lavezzi is still a very capable option. With Liverpool lacking European experience in the final third, he could be an excellent signing both on and off the pitch.