Ayoze Perez has moved to Leicester City for £30m – a price too high for Liverpool to justify.
The Spaniard completed his transfer from Newcastle United earlier in the week. But should Liverpool have bid themselves?
We suggested it back in April as Perez’s abilities really do seem suited to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. His defensive work-rate, flexibility, and ability to score goals would have made Perez a valuable squad option.
But his move to Leicester shows the difficult Liverpool may have this summer. If they want a quality squad option, they’ll have to spend big.
Their attacking signing last summer, Xherdan Shaqiri, cost a comparatively small £13m. Perez is a step above in suitability, though, seeing as Shaqiri doesn’t quite offer Liverpool a defensive side.
But he simply cost too much to consider, if reports are to be believed. The Mirror, for instance, believe that Liverpool don’t want to spend more than £20m on an attacker.
And so Perez, despite his desirable traits, simply wasn’t what Liverpool were looking for – in price, as much as anything.
It shows that it may be tough for the Reds to find what they want. Perez is in that middle ground of not being a superstar starter but having the quality to play when needed.
On top of that, he has Premier League experience. Finding similar for £20m will be a hell of a task.