After the bitter disappointment of missing out on Champions League qualification after the debacle of last season , Liverpool have acted swiftly in the transfer market to address the major deficiencies in their squad. Deals for five new players have already been confirmed , with each incoming signing an upgrade on what the Reds had last season, and several more high profile arrivals including the likes of Clyne and Kovacic set to be announced in the coming days. Hence , it should not have come as a major surprise to the Anfield faithful when reports began surfacing in the English and Portuguese media claiming that Liverpool have agreed a deal with Benfica which will see them sign highly rated winger Eduardo Salvio in January for a fee of £25 million.
Metro are claiming that the 24-year-old Argentina International would have joined the Reds this summer itself, only for a serious knee injury picked up towards the end of last season to scupper any immediate prospects of a move. However , Liverpool have retained their interest in the pacy winger and most likely have an agreement in place with the Portuguese giants , which will see them land the former Atletico Madrid man for £25 million in January.
The pacy winger joined Benfica permanently in 2012 from Atletico Madrid in a club record €13.5 million deal and has since helped Benfica win back-to-back league titles and has hugely impressed in the Champions League. He was one of the best players for Benfica last term , claiming an impressive 13 goals and 11 assists in 38 appearances. Factor in his age , and this is a talent who is already on the verge of being a world-class player, with his best years surely ahead of him.
With Raheem Sterling deemed to be on a move to the Etihad to play for Manchester City, Eduardo surely looks a decent bet to replace him, with his style of play not too dissimilar to the England International. On the plus side, he , unlike Sterling, has the experience of playing in the Champions League. He will be expected to provide the pace and sting that Sterling currently does in the Liverpool attack , albeit with a higher goal return.
It appears that the sky is the limit for Salvio’s potential and in Liverpool , he may finally have found the right stage to showcase his talents to the football world.