If that one turns out to be true, then they deserve a small amount of credit for getting that one right seemingly out of nowhere.
Toure is a decent footballer and a solid defender usually and there isn’t any shame in playing second fiddle to Vincent Kompany.
However, it worries me about signing a defender who has found himself behind the likes of Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastisic – is this really how low the Reds should be aiming their sights?
If Toure is signed it should be purely as cover, nothing else.
It is the potential signing of Kyrgiakos Papadopoulos which excites me though. The 21 year old Greek international is a superb footballer, a solid defender and a beast of a player. He combines the hunger and passion of a Jamie Carragher with all the technical ability of a top-level footballer and those are rare qualities to have in a defender, even now!
At such a tender age the young Greek centre-back has played a great deal of football for Schalke in the past two seasons, despite missing much of this season after having surgery, so he’d bring a lot of experience to the defence that the likes of Coates might be missing at the moment.
Being 6’ft, he might not be the tallest defender at the club but his broad shoulders and demeanour would make the youngster a rather imposing figure, perhaps even a captain in the making.
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Not only that but he bring a penchant for scoring a few goals here and there to the mix too, having scored 7 in his last 62 for his current club, along with a few for his country in less than 20 appearances.
I’m not sure whether he’d come as cheap as the £12 million currently being quoted, as he is a top prospect and I’d be surprised if his valuation didn’t come closer to transfermarkt.co.uk’s valuation of £16 million (with reports as early as the morning claiming Chelsea had been quoted as high as £19 million!)
I firmly believe that he’d be worth the price however, and the £15 million we’re believed to be receiving for Andy Carroll should just about cover it.
With all the rumours of a move for Ashley Williams in the past few months, news of Papadopoulos being number one target for the Reds is welcome news indeed and I welcome further positive reports regarding this potential transfer.
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