Mino Raiola wants his client Matthijs de Ligt at Liverpool, according to reports. The Reds shouldn’t jump at the chance, however.
The Mirror make the claim, saying that Raiola sees Anfield as the ‘ideal destination’ for De Ligt. The article mentions the potential partnership with Virgil van Dijk, as he has with the Netherlands.
And that’s definitely appealing to Liverpool, too. De Ligt is the brightest young defender around and teaming him up with arguably the world’s best is enticing to say the least.
But there are two reasons why Liverpool should think twice.
De Ligt’s wages
The first is the potential wages. The Mirror claims that Paris Saint-Germain are offering wages of around £256k-a-week for De Ligt.
That is very, very high – too high for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah is the club’s highest paid player on £200k-a-week, while Van Dijk is on £150k-a-week.
Both are now European champions, of course, and the last two PFA Players of the Year. Bringing in a teenager on significantly more money, when he hasn’t matched anything like their accomplishments, is unlikely to go down well.
Liverpool don’t have to go too far to see the potential problems there. Manchester United are dealing with similar, after bringing in Alexis Sanchez, according to the Telegraph.
The problem with Raiola
And United showcase the other problem Liverpool could face with De Ligt – Raiola. The agent has become increasingly powerful, something that created problems with another client, Paul Pogba.
As Pogba struggled under Jose Mourinho, Raiola allegedly got involved. The Times reported at the time that Raiola actually turned up at the training ground and told Mourinho where to play Pogba.
That’s also something Liverpool could do without. The atmosphere around the team is fantastic and is De Ligt worth potentially upsetting that for?
At the end of the day, De Ligt is potentially a great defender, rather than being one. He’s still only a teenager, after all.
It looks likely that he’ll become a top player, of course, but it’s another little risk. And right now, as Champions of Europe, Liverpool don’t need to take that risk.