Date: 24th July 2011 at 11:52am
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FC Porto have signed Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro on a five-year contract from Santos. Sandro is only 20-years-old but is rated as one of the hottest prospects to coming out of Brazil right now. Porto’s signing of Sandro has now paved the way for Liverpool to sign Porto’s Uruguay left-back Alvaro Pereira.

Pereira has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer for £17.5million. Many Liverpool fans do not think that Pereira is the right player we need to join Liverpool and be our new number one left-back as he is more suited to playing on the left-side of midfield which means his defensive attributes are not that great of he were to be our left-back.

One fan said:
“Pereira isn’t really a left back, he can play the role well enough if needed, but he’s more at home in midfield. Uruguay lack full-backs, which is why Palito gets a lot of playing time.
Uruguay’s starting LB at the World Cup was Fucile, he missed the Copa America due to injury. Caceres has been paying as LB during the Copa, and moves into CB when Palito drops down to defend.”

Whilst some fans say that the £17.5million fee is way too much to spend on a player not tried and tested in the Premier League and we should rather spend that money on signing someone like Jose Enrique. But the fact that Porto have signed another left-back could signal that Porto want to get rid of Pereira or they simply want to use him as a left winger now as Porto. Then again, it could just mean Liverpool are set to make a move for the Uruguay international after the Copa America.