Recently, want-away Bologna midfielder, Gaston Ramirez has been linked with a move to England.
Arsenal and Manchester City are amongst a host of names after the Uruguayan, however Liverpool are current favourites to sign the player.
Newly appointed Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring Ramirez to Anfield. According to the Mirror, Liverpool have already made a £16 million bid for the attacking midfielder.
Bologna say they are willing to sell the the 21 year old, but they still value the player at around £15-£20 million.
Club: Bologna F.C
Age: 21 years old
Position: Attacking Midfielder / Winger
Last season for his club side, Ramirez scored an impressive eight goals in thirty-two Serie A appearances, whilst providing many more assists.
He has already represented his country nine times, and he is currently in England due to his involvement in the Olympic football tournament.
During Uruguay’s first Olympic fixture, Ramirez scored a stunning free-kick to equalise the scoreline just before half time – an instant example of his quality.
Positioning and Ability
Ramirez is capable of playing on either wing as well as through the middle of the park.
His technique will certainly have caught the eye of various Premier League managers. Ramirez is blessed with great dribbiling ability, technique, decision-making and a playmakers vision. He has a decent turn of pace and has a strong left foot that allows him to operate very effectively on the left wing.
He can also play in any position across the front four; on either wings, in the hole or even as a striker. His determination to succeed is definitely a trait to be admired.
However, the 21 year old has struggled with consistency and is lacking in the defensive area of his game.
On the bright side, his form should increase with maturity and as an attacking player he can get away with his weakness in defence.
How would he fit in?
At Liverpool Ramirez would link up extremely well with international team mate Luis Suarez. He could also provide a solution to the squads lack of quality on the wings. In my opinion, he’s exactly the type of player Rodgers needs in order to implement his passing philosophy at Anfield. Ramirez is the ideal, young attacking player who would provide a creative edge that the club are currently missing.
At the Emirates, there’s no doubt Ramirez would be employed to fill the attacking void created by Robin Van Persie’s imminent departure. The 21 year old would have the quality required to instantly break into the first team. Come may, a transfer for this player could prove decisive as Arsenal players, old and new, set out to challenge for this seasons Premier League trophy.
I think a move to City would prove fairly damaging as far as Ramirez’s career is concerned. The club already has a wealth of top class attacking midfielders. At the Etihad, the Uruguayan would only serve as a rotation option, with the likes of Samir Nasri and David Silva further up the pecking order.
Regardless of which club he ends up at, I really hope Ramirez comes to the EPL. He’s a player I’d be very excited about seeing each week and at such a young age it’s likely he’ll be around for a while.
Please let me know your views on this transfer speculation. Is Ramirez worth the £20 million asking price? Should he go to Liverpool? Or Arsenal? Or City? Should he move to the EPL at all?
Feel free to comment with your opinions below.