Liverpool Transfer News: Reds to swoop in for Godin
After having spent more than £100m in the past 8 months to bolster the attacking front, Dalglish and Comolli are well aware of the Reds’ need of a strong central defender, with Carra not getting any younger and Agger not getting any fitter.
Recently, former Liverpool Manager Ray Evans stated his fears about the Reds’ lack of quality in the department- “I do feel we need to find a centre-back, as we seem a bit short at the back, and that’s a worry.”
Now, reports have emerged that Liverpool have identified the 25-year old Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid as their saviour, with the Uruguayan international valued at £15m. The versatile defender is currently on national duty with Uruguay in the 2011 Copa America and must have heard rave reviews about life at Merseyside from Kop idol and his compatriot Luis Suarez.
Godin was a Chelsea transfer target along with club-mate Aguero in the January transfer window but the Blues signed David Luiz instead. Yet speculation is still linking the London club with a move. Godin relishes aerial battles and is a prolific distributor from the back to kickstart fiery counter attacks, which would be a huge asset for the Reds.
Though Atletico Madrid are still mulling over the economics of any deals after having signed Godin from Villareal for a meagre £6.6m, but the prospect of churning a huge and quick profit may lure them into a deal. It is understood that Liverpool are willing to offer midfielder Christian Poulsen to sweeten the deal and ease their bloated midfield. Damien Comolli has already expressed his concerns about the deadwood at Anfield and the consequent astronomical wage bills.
“I’m sure there will be players going out because some players would like to play more and have more minutes. We will probably have a few loans as well, players who we would like them to develop, into the Championship or the leagues abroad.”
After having to look at the academy graduates in the later stages of last season to cover up for defensive frailties, Liverpool are desperate to land a strong defender to cover the position alongside Kop Legend Carra and Godin seems a perfect fit. The Reds have displayed their willingness to land their targets, even if it takes a few more quids and Atletico Madrid may be on the verge of losing one of their stars of the previous campaign.
Will Godin fit in the Reds’ setup or do they need someone else. Thoughts?