Continuing on with the Southampton to Liverpool trend, the Reds have been linked with a £13m move for Serbian playmaker Dusan Tadic.
Dusan Tadic? Surely this is just peak silly season?
It seems as soon as things go slightly quiet on the Liverpool transfer front, a quick look is automatically taken at the Southampton squad list and a name is picked at random to link with the club.
This time it’s Serbian attacking-midfielder Dusan Tadic. The 28-year old is being linked with a move to Merseyside by the Times and they report that Jürgen Klopp is willing to activate his £13m buy-out clause in order to avoid the complications that ultimately soured the attempted Virgil van Dijk deal.
Tadic moved to Southampton from Twente in the Netherlands back in 2014, becoming Ronald Koeman’s first signing as Saints manager and has contributed 14 goals and 24 assists in his short, three season career in the Premier League thus far.
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With Klopp’s previously touted attacking targets this summer all fitting a particular profile – pace, physicality, preference for operating in wide areas and an impressive eye for goal – a move for Tadic would be surprising. The Serbian is undoubtedly a good footballer but he certainly doesn’t fit the same profile as the likes of Mohamed Salah, Keita Baldé Diao or Gelson Martins.
For me this just screams lazy journalism and I just don’t see this as being a believable move for the Reds to make, especially after the van Dijk fiasco. Onto the next one please rumour mill!