RUMOURS of a potential move for Manchester City’s Ivorian centre-back Kolo Toure have caught fire in the past few days with some respected media outlets suggesting that the former Arsenal defender is even pencilled in for a medical at Melwood ahead of a free transfer.
With Toure’s contract running out in the summer, it seems as though the defender has been earmarked as the leader and the experienced head that Liverpool will sorely need after the loss of Jamie Carragher to retirement.
It is no secret that the Reds need at least two centre-backs this summer and if one of them arrives without any transfer fee then this allows Brendan Rodgers to spend heavily on a potential partner for Toure. For me, it is a shrewd bit of short-term business as it allows us to bolster our defence without spending any money – of which there does not seem to be a great deal of.
Despite struggling for form since being banned from football for taking banned substances, Toure still harbours the Premier League experience that would not only benefit the team on the pitch but also off it as his knowledge would no doubt enhance the ability of some of our younger defenders such as Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom and Stephen Sama.
Whether or not this rumour comes to fruition, there is no question that Rodgers will have to battle with the owners in order for them to sanction a move for a defender that is now 32 years of age. However, FSG could be swayed by the fact there is no transfer fee involved and the reality that the club can’t afford to sign two quality centre-backs and still have a budget left to bring in further, much needed reinforcements.
Making early moves in the transfer window is encouraging, especially after the debacle of last season’s summer window, and with a move for Toure on the cards, the evident problems within the squad seemingly look as though they are going to be resolved.
Give us your thoughts – is Toure somebody you would like to see at Liverpool? With no transfer free is he worth the gamble?
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