TRANSFER rumours come and go. Players linked with a certain team at one moment find themselves linked with an entirely different league the next. Such is life in the transfer mill, especially in the closed periods.
But there are always a few players that are routinely linked with a specific club no matter the duration of the gossip. And that’s what makes this all fun; it is after all, gossip. Nothing is ever concrete until a player signs his name but if we, as fans, don’t speculate then what fun can we have?
One player that has been often been linked with Liverpool is the Turkish midfielder, Arda Turan. The twenty-six year old is an exciting talent that fits the bill of Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy. His skills and ability shouldn’t be in question. However, the reported fee will raise a few eyebrows.
Plenty of fans have been critical of the manager’s approach to the transfer market saying that he’s overpaid for a number of players.
For example, the purchases of Fabio Borini and Joe Allen, as well as the loan of Nuri Sahin, have been regularly chastised, and with some merit. So the question remains as to if this midfield player from Atletico Madrid is worth the hefty fee?
Certainly part of that question can only be answered by assessing the rest of the market during the window and seeing if that money could be spent in a wiser way on a different or set of different players. After all, £19 million is a fairly large sum of money.
The part of the question that can be answered right now is whether or not the skills of Arda Turan make him an attractive option for Liverpool FC, even with a demanding fee. His current team, Atletico Madrid, are having one of their most successful seasons since the 1990’s as they sit in second place in La Liga.
Turan is playing a part in this success, surely, but the casual observer would expect his contribution to be larger. Currently he has only notched four goals and added three assists, hardly numbers that demand £19 million.
It’s hard to say how a player will do at a team he isn’t even playing for with players that he has never played with before. But before Brendan Rodgers and company go and splash the cash on this Turkish midfielder, they should consider all their options. Indeed, Rodgers can’t expect to convince the naysayers if he makes expensive mistakes.