Five super Serie A summer signings to suit Liverpool
It appears Brendan Rodgers has his sights set on a shopping trip to Serie A this summer, with Liverpool (10/3 with Coral for a top four finish) linked to big money moves for a raft of Italy’s top tier talents.
Roma’s playmaker Miralem Pjanic is one of the latest to be mooted for a move, so this got Coral writers wondering who could else could impress at Anfield?
Rodgers’ Reds (14/1 to lift the Europa League) require an upgrade in almost every position if they are to challenge in next term, so here’s who made our list.
Mattia Perin (Goalkeeper, Genoa)
It’s no secret that Liverpool will be scouting for a stopper this summer, with error-prone Simon Mignolet seemingly on borrowed time.
Despite a recent improvement and some crucial saves to boost his confidence, the Belgium back-up keeper needs genuine custodian competition.
Rodgers appears likely to plump for young potential to protect the posts, rather than trying to poach a big-money recruit, making Genoa’s Perin, 22, a perfect fit.
The Griffins goalie, tipped to be heir to Azzurri icon Gianluigi Buffon’s throne, has immense potential and has avoided conceding in eight of his 22 outings this term.
Leonardo Castan (Centre back, Roma)
The Brazilian backline enforcer rarely drew as much acclaim as now departed partner Mehdi Benatia, but was just as effective last campaign, as the pair contrived to help then robust Roma keep clean sheets.
Just 25 goals were conceded in the Giallorossi’s 38 Serie A outings, with composed Castan a key player. Tough-tackling, no-nonsense and a great reader of the game, the 28-year-old’s influence has been unfortunately felt by his absence this season.
Currently recovering from brain surgery, Castan’s lack of availability has seen ROma look far less self-assured.
Liverpool, currently employing three at the back, could certainly use a defender of Castan’s confidence and competency to replace haphazard Mamadou Sakho and converted midfielder Emre Can this summer.
Radja Nainggolan (Central midfielder, Roma)
Rodgers is said to already be preparing a bid for Belgium box-to-box midfielder Nainggolan, but would surely only be able to raid Roma for one player.
Should the energetic and exuberant midfielder emerge as the Anfield boss’ top target, Liverpool could look forward to a player able to provide equal threat going forward and tenacity when on the backfoot.
An ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard, Nainggolan, who possesses a lethal long-range strike, would suit the Premier League style to a tee, but has a rumoured release clause of £29.5m.
Felipe Anderson (Attacking midfielder, Lazio)
Yet to earn a senior cap for the Samba Boys, interested parties should swoop now for talented 21-year-old Anderson, whose pricetag will sky rocket once he makes his Brazil bow.
Adaptable, graceful and versatile, the Eagles attacker has racked up five goals and five assists in Serie A so far this season, and looks set to be another superstar from the Santos production line.
The Reds have previous for plucking skillful South Americans form Serie A, having already reaped the benefits of taking ex-Inter Milan maestro Philippe Coutinho to Anfield, and could supplement that savvy business by snapping up compatriot Anderson.
Paulo Dybala (Stiker, Palermo)
Blessed with brilliant balance and an eye for goal, Palermo danger man Dybala is one of the few players who makes everything look easy.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, Dybala appears to be on every elite Premier League club’s list, so luring the little Argentine to Anfield would be a huge, but perhaps unlikely, coup.
The silky-skilled striker is integral to Sicilian side Palermo’s play, and is expected to make the club a pretty penny this summer after scoring 11 Serie A goals and providing eight assists.
Should Dybala prove too difficult to secure, compatriot and Inter forward Mauro Icardi could be a viable alternative. A fine finisher, the Nerazzurri could lose their top attacking asset should they fail to sure European football for next campaign.