In the past few days I have been really dejected about Liverpool and our summer transfer plans after hearing that Rafa may not get the money he needs to spend in the summer because of our financial crisis. But still that news has not stopped the transfer speculation going on with some reports saying that even with the bad financial crisis at Anfield, we will still be able to spend money in the transfer market this summer. A name this is making the rounds is that of Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli. Apparently we have already made a 20 million pound bid for the 24 year old Argentinian striker and that has been turned down by Napoli.
I will be honest, I had not heard of this guy before he started to be linked to us. All I have heard is that he is an idol at Napoli and Juventus and Manchester City are also after his signature. It is said that Lavezzi is a striker but can also play on the wings. I am sure this versatility is what Rafa was attracted to. If he can find the back of the net for us when Torres is out then he is what we need. If he can unlock defences with his skill then that is also good.
The fact that he is a full Argentina international bodes well but then again we will not know how well he will do in the Premiership. All too often players are stars in other leagues and then they are average in the Premiership. It would be a huge gamble to take on Lavezzi.
I am not too sure about us spending 20 million pounds on this guy, but he could turn out to be another Torres, who knows. But I guess Rafa knows a lot more about Lavezzi than we do and if he is willing to spend so much money on him then he has to be something special. Could Lavezzi be the big summer signing Rafa wants to make? Let us wait and see.