After Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez claimed that the La Liga side had been priced out of a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Jese Rodriguez by Liverpool, speculation began that he could be on his way to Anfield. The 23-year-old joined the Parisian outfit in the summer for £21 million from Real Madrid in search of first team football but has managed just two starts to date. He has made another 12 additional substitute appearances, scoring twice, but could now be on his way out as the French club look to cut their losses.
What would he bring to Liverpool?
More than anything, depth. At both PSG and Real Madrid he has been a useful impact sub and shown flashes of quality and short runs of form, his issue has been finding consistency. He can play centrally or on either flank of a front three so would be the perfect back-up option for the Liverpool attack. A good finished, quick and powerful, he would fit in well with the current set-up at Anfield and has potential to improve.
Is a move likely?
It seems unlikely that he could displace any of the Reds’ current first choice front three, meaning he would likely be restricted to a role as cover, which is what he has grown so unhappy with at both Real Madrid and now at PSG. However, a move to Liverpool would allow him to maintain his place in the Champions League if the club maintain their current form and wouldn’t represent a major step down. PSG are said to be keen to move him on, but will want to recoup the £21 million they paid for him.
5/10 – This could be the kind of project that Jurgen Klopp loves taking on and developing into a real player, but doubts remain over his attitude and his desire not to be a back-up option. That and a likely high fee demand by PSG make the move an unlikely one, but we wouldn’t rule it out.
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