Liverpool set to lock horns with Barcelona and Real Madrid for £26m Alberto Moleiro deal - report
UD Las Palmas midfielder Alberto Moleiro is a target of Liverpool according to AS.com, but they face competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid for his signature.
After a poor start to the Premier League campaign, Liverpool are likely to splash the cash in January, with Jurgen Klopp desperately trying to lift the Reds into a top-four spot.
Liverpool’s midfield is a particular area for concern, with Jurgen Klopp forced to rely on Harvey Elliott due to Naby Keita’s injury problems and the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson ageing past their peak.
With that in mind, AS.com have reported that Liverpool are targeting 19-year-old attacking midfielder Moleiro to bolster their squad in January.
The report says that the Spaniard has a €30million (£26m) release clause in his contract, but Liverpool will first have to fend off interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
A Jurgen Klopp player
Liverpool love to play a high-energy, high-pressing style of play, and to make that work Klopp requires a specific type of player to fit his system.
Moleiro plies his trade as an attacking midfielder, meaning he’d likely fit into the diamond system that Klopp has tended to employ this season. If the German manager reverts to three central midfielders, Moleiro also has experience playing there for Las Palmas.
His dribbling and technical ability has made him stand out as a superb talent in Spain, so it’s no surprise that Liverpool are joined in the race for his signature by other European giants.
But with the Reds desperate for midfield reinforcements, the Reds should be doing everything possible to make sure they sit at the top of Moleiro’s list in January.
If Liverpool are keen to stay at the top of the food chain, they need to show they can financially lock horns with the top teams of Europe, and Moleiro offers them a great chance to make a statement signing.
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