Liverpool: 27-goal striker linked; 23-year-old leaves; defender could soon follow
Many Reds’ fans were hopeful of the young Portuguese midfielder, João Teixeira, staying at Anfield for seasons to come. However, recent news has confirmed the player’s return to his native country. According to the Guardian, Portuguese outfit Porto have agreed a contract deal with the 23-year-old, with Liverpool receiving around €300,000 in training compensation, set as a fee by FIFA.
The youngster only managed to accumulate a total of three appearances for the Merseyside club in the season just gone, suggesting a decision to continue his future playing in England and specifically, for Liverpool, may be a bad one. On the other hand, a move to Porto would provide him with a chance to beat competition to a place in the first team, whilst providing him with an almost certain opportunity to gain Champions League experience, surely justifying his decision to move to Portugal?
In news also involving the Primeira Liga, Sporting Lisbon have recently rejected a bid of £20 million from Liverpool for their striker, Islam Slimani. Sporting’s manager, Jorge Jesus has sung praises for the Algerian international, declaring the player could amass an impressive goal tally were he to make the move to the Premier League, according to Noticias Minuto (via the Liverpool Echo). However, the club’s president has rejected the notion of the player’s move away from the Estádio José Alvalade.
With regard to Jesus’ boasting of Slimani’s ability, the Premier League is a much more competitive environment than the Portuguese top flight, presenting the striker with a much more difficult job in the final third. However, he could prove to be a valuable addition to Liverpool’s current strike-force, especially if Benteke were to depart from the club over the summer transfer window.
Over the course of last season, the Algerian was able to bag a total of 27 league goals as he made 33 appearances for his side. Liverpool fans would do well to remember the performances of Riyad Mahrez this season. If his compatriot could replicate anywhere near the level of his accomplishments in a red shirt, he would be worth every penny spent.
Finally, after receiving interest from Fenerbahce, Martin Skrtel, the Slovakian centre-back, is considering a move away from Anfield, according to Radyspor (via talkSPORT). Many questions were asked about the 31-year-old’s future at the club after current manager, Jürgen Klopp, decided to leave him out of the starting squad for this season’s Europa League final.
The defender joined the Reds back in January 2008 for a sum of £6.5 million, becoming an integral part of the team shortly after arriving at Anfield. Recently though, he has had a less important role in Liverpool’s starting eleven, tempting him to look for other options ahead of the summer transfer window. With the signing of Joel Matip, the 24-year-old from Schalke, Skrtel’s chances of continuing his career as a first team player at Anfield look increasingly unlikely.
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