Liverpool reportedly want Fabian Ruiz, a player who would be a far better fit than another reported target, Isco.
Whether you believe it all or not, Liverpool apparently have eyes on new midfielders. Specifically, according to El Desmarque, Ruiz and Isco.
The two Spanish midfielders are certainly top players who would add to any team. But one is a better fit for Liverpool than the other.
The Spanish outlet claims that Jurgen Klopp is prepared to turn down Philippe Coutinho to move for Ruiz. Part of that is down to the fee being roughly the same – £91m.
Isco, on the other hand, is an alternative to Ruiz simply because he’s cheaper. There’s a good reason why, however, and it should make or break any move.
Isco will be 28 this summer. Ruiz will be 24. That in itself makes the latter a far better option for the Reds. What’s the point in signing a 28-year-old, after all?
That would be a signing for the immediate, someone to play with this current squad. But this current squad is the best in the world and certainly doesn’t need anyone to fit in right now.
So Isco would, instead, start fading away and require replacing at exactly the same time as the current stars. That just makes the whole thing entirely useless, honestly.
Ruiz, though, is at a fantastic age for any manager. By the time the current midfielders are pushing 30 and beyond, Ruiz would enter his prime after a few years working under Klopp.
That makes a lot more sense and justifies the inflated fee. It’s almost impossible to justify any kind of substantial fee for Isco, though – even at half the price of Ruiz.