Liverpool can save £45million in transfer fees if they sign Hakim Ziyech instead of Portugal international Bruno Fernandes for £70million.
Correio de Manha report that Liverpool submitting a bid to sign Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon would change the midfielder’s summer plans but a move for Ajax Amsterdam’s Hakim Ziyech would be the smarter choice.
It’s not that the Moroccan is necessarily the better player – there is still yet to be enough evidence to form a full argument on that point – but in terms of what it will cost to sign them, Liverpool would save £45m by going for Ziyech.
Ziyech scored 19 goals last season and while Fernandes scored 28, the extra nine goals he managed are not worth an extra £45million when there are other areas of the squad that could be reinforced.
Since Coutinho left for £142million, Liverpool have scored very few goals from outside the box and lack that kind of player that can do something very special from range and change a game.
Ziyech scored more goals from range (7) than Fernandes (3) and also scored more goals from open play (13) than the Portugal international (11) did for Sporting and that’s despite scoring fewer goals overall.
Liverpool should consider forgetting about Fernandes and make Ziyech their new attacking midfielder this summer.
They would save roughly £45million in doing so.