PSG’s outcast forward, Ezequiel Lavezzi looks set to join Liverpool this winter at Arsenal’s expense, the Daily Star reports.
The 29-year old currently bears the label of a bad boy at the Parc des Princes with his relationship with Laurent Blanc upended since failing to report to their warm weather training camp at Marrakech earlier in the year. Blanc has said that some players would be allowed to leave this month and many bookies are putting their money on the Argentine to lead the exit line.
While he has fallen out of favour and flavour in the Ligue 1, the former Estudiantes and Napoli forward still has admirers in the Premier League and Liverpool’s dire dearth of forward options could see them edge out the Gooners in the bid to sign him.
Daniel Sturridge looks like he’s recovered from his hamstring niggles but he is basically the only trusted option available to Brendan Rodgers. £16 million summer signing, Mario Balotelli has had more shots from cameras than he’s had on goal while Lallana and Markovic have not quite impressed enough to be reliable goal scorers. Liverpool had opted against cutting-off Divock Origi’s loan at Lille as it would have incurred more expense but the chance to sign Lavezzi appears to the one they are willing to exploit.
Wenger may not be so blamed if he chose not to bring in another forward within this window as the priorities have always been in the defensive aspects of the team. Only twice have his team failed to score this season and even in a defensive-minded performance against City at the Etihad, his lads still got on the score sheet twice and could have done better with more accuracy with the passing in the final third.
Alexis Sanchez has proved a great bargain this season and a host of other stars like Walcott and Welbeck will fire the team further when they return to full fitness. Of course, injuries could still play a role in diminishing the squad especially towards the later part of the season when the weight of various schedules could begin to press on the team. But Lavezzi would cost some substantial transfer fee as PSG would look to make some profit to relieve the losses that have brought them under the censure of UEFA’s financial rules.
Perhaps Wenger would be more interested in his teammate, Edinson Cavani. Both have been mired in similar disciplinaty controversies and the Uruguayan is one of those whom Wenger has openly professed an admiration for. That said, he too will be expensive this window and there may be no move for him either.
So Liverpool may have their way; the Gooners will pass.
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