Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli is reporting that Napoli have received a €45 million bid for Slovakian ace Marek Hamšík .
If Liverpool somehow managed to sign Slovakia’s best player it would undoubtedly be the signing of the summer. That’s what tells me this deal is incredibly unlikely.
When marquee signings are made the only involvement Liverpool ever has in is in selling their best players like Fernando Torres or Luis Suarez. The closest thing to a marquee signing in recent years was when Christian Benteke arrived on Merseyside for £32.5 million. We all know how that worked out.
The addition of Hamšík to Liverpool’s midfield would take the Reds to the next level. The Euros in France have shown, to those who don’t regularly watch Serie A, how influential and talented he is. His goal against Russia demonstrated his ability to take a game by the scruff of its neck and ultimately make a difference.
He is the shining light in a lacking and dull team. His performances for Napoli last season resulted in a heightened international status.
Countless times I have mentioned how Jürgen Klopp and Fenway Sports Group are adverse to signing players for large sums. The German’s preference to signing unproven but promising players may be why FSG singled him out as the man to take Liverpool forward.
While I don’t think Klopp or Liverpool’s owners would ever write a player like Hamšík off, it is doubtful that the current transfer model has structures in place to spend just under £35 million on a single player. As brilliant as Hamšík is he doesn’t match the current criteria Liverpool seem to opt for when targeting players.
This is quite disappointing. If a player of Hamšík’s pedigree is really available and Liverpool are serious about returning to the big time then the club should do its best to get him to sign on the dotted line.