The Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is not a ‘huge fan of the winter window’ yet the Reds are closing in on a statement signing to secure Luis Diaz.
If all goes according to plan, the Colombian is set to join the Reds for €45 million (£37.5 million) with a further €15 million to follow in add-ons, according to the Athletic.
Yet, due to the spontaneous nature of Liverpool’s capture of Diaz, signing him before the 11pm deadline on Monday is a logistical nightmare and, as the Echo reports, ‘this a deal still fraught with problems.’
A team has been sent out to South America to conduct his medical and an image has even surfaced of the 25-year-old supposedly in a hotel room doing his medical but it’s an old image, unfortunately.
Virgil van Dijk, signed for a then world-record £75million fee paid to Southampton was the Reds last ‘significant‘ January outlay and it’s something Liverpool don’t make a habit of as they prefer their transfers to be planned and well thought out.
Even then, the Dutchman had been courted in the summer and a complaint from the Saints to the Premier League forced them to drop their interest until they returned 6 months later to sign their man and he’s been the best in the world ever since.
Liverpool had plans to sign Diaz this summer but Tottenham forced their hand and now the hopes are that nothing derails the move late in the day.
Supporters are insecure about transfers of this nature after what happened with Loic Remy and Nabil Fekir and so any indication that things aren’t going according to plan causes fans to worry.
Which is why it will cause a level of anxiety to learn that the Echo reports: “Liverpool will not have anticipated such problems getting this deal completed had Diaz been in Portugal this weekend.”
Paul Gorst writes: “Had Diaz always been a winter target, one suspects the club would not have been dispatching a delegation to Argentina for a late medical as the window enters its final hours.
As a result, it is a transfer that is by no means cut and dry, even if it would appear as though Spurs and United have been fended off.”
Diaz could cost the Reds as much as £50m in total, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that £12m in add-ons would need to be triggered by ‘spectacular success’ in order to be paid in full.
I hope that FSG have to pay every penny of the agreement with Porto as that means Diaz will have been a resounding success at Anfield.