According to reports, Liverpool will bid £30 million for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic this summer with Jürgen Klopp said to be keen to add more width to his side.
Sadio Mané joined Liverpool from Southampton last summer in a deal worth up to £36 million and has been a revelation. The former Saints man has easily been the Reds’ best player this season with goal after goal and his scintillating pace leaving defenders scrambling.
Tuttomercatoweb, via the Mirror, report that Liverpool could aim to replicate last summer’s approach and bring in another winger. This time, however, instead of signing a traditional winger, the report indicates that Liverpool will opt to sing Ivan Perisic, targeting nuance over raw pace and guile.
Perisic is under contract at Inter Milan until 2020 meaning that if Liverpool were actually interested in signing the Croatian then they would need to register a bid of around £30 million. After a stunning Euro campaign with Croatia in France, Perisic continued his form into the 2016/17 season with Inter and has been integral to all things good since Frank De Boe left the club.
While there is no denying that Perisic is a great player, I am not sure he would actually feature in Jürgen Klopp’s ideal starting eleven. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have the quality to play for Liverpool but an attack that has scored as many as the Reds has shouldn’t be tampered with.
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Then there is the question of who would get the boot in favour of Perisic? Sadio Mané has been electric this season and is the club’s top goalscorer and Philippe Coutinho is phenomenal despite suggestions from Stan Collymore that he should be sold due to his lack of consistency.
There is also the fact that Klopp sold Perisic during his time at Borussia Dortmund, selling the Croatian to Wolfsburg for €8 million. Klopp labelled Perisic as childish after he publicly criticised the German manager for not playing him.
I can’t see Klopp re-signing a player with whom he has had issues in the past. Liverpool’s best football is played when there seems to be a sense of harmony among all players and this wouldn’t be likely when bringing a player in with a history of clashing with Klopp.