Liverpool want Lazio forward Joaquin Correa, according to reports. They have an interesting way of meeting his release clause.
This is according to Italian outlet Citta Celeste. They claim that Liverpool hope to bring in the Argentine and they’re not the only ones.
Il Messaggero also believes that Liverpool want Correa. He has a release clause of around £70m, too – a pricey amount but the Reds have a way to bring it down.
That Citta Celeste report explains it. They say that Liverpool will pay around £52m in cash but also relinquish their rights to 30% of Luis Alberto’s future sale.
Liverpool put that clause in when they sold Alberto to Lazio – and it might pay dividends soon. The Spaniard has been brilliant recently and will command a hefty fee if he does move on.
And so Liverpool hope to bring down Correa’s price by allowing Lazio the full amount of any Alberto sale.
What RTK has to say
It’s definitely a clever way to bring in a player. Liverpool only give up ‘potential’ income and leave the ball in Lazio’s court as to how much that’s worth.
But while it is clever, is Correa a player Liverpool actually need? Almost certainly not, as we see it. He’s no.10/false 9 kind of player – a lot like Roberto Firmino in that regard but not as good.
Given that Liverpool already have similar in Takumi Minamino, too, it makes splashing £52m upfront on the player a strange decision. Correa is talented, certainly, but expensive for what Liverpool need right now.
So despite the clever strategy, we can’t see this one happening.