Liverpool are looking into a transfer for Angelo Gabriel, according to reports. But a current prodigy makes things difficult.
Sport Witness recently claimed that Liverpool were one of two clubs in the transfer market for Angelo Gabriel. The other being Real Madrid.
And the latter is a clue to the kind of player Gabriel is – he’s a Brazilian teenager making a name for himself at senior level. Currently at Santos, he made his debut at 15.
Gabriel has a £51m release clause, however, meaning he’s not a cheap target. This is a case of teams wanting to get in before anyone else does.
A Santos director then confirmed the interest, name dropping Liverpool in an interview with Radio Bandeirantes.
It sounds like there might be something in this one, then. But we can’t help but see a problem – how does this all mesh with Harvey Elliott?
Gabriel is, primarily, a right-winger. He likes cutting onto his left foot and running at players, making things happen at pace.
Liverpool did already sign one of those, however. That’s essentially what Elliott does best and he’s currently looking like a superstar at 17.
And therein lies the big problem – these two players are very similar in age. Having both around is difficult.
You want to give them enough games to develop properly, after all, and that’s tough with both being so young. Neither are first XI quality yet, and splitting their minutes hurts both.
The only answer, then, is to develop one in a different position. But we know Liverpool plan on using Elliott on their right-wing as soon as next season.
So do you change Gabriel? But then why would you spend big money on a kid, only to change his position? That seems like far too big a risk. If it turns out he’s a natural right-winger, you’re stuck with two.
It’s not impossible that this one works out but it’s certainly not a smooth signing. Elliott creates the best possible problem – too much talent – but we wonder if his development will see Liverpool look elsewhere.