Having watched Uruguay win the Copa America and seeing Diego Forlan partnering up with Luis Suarez to beat Paraguay in the final, it crossed my mind; would it be a good idea for Liverpool to make a move and sign Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid this summer?
In my opinion, Liverpool are still a quality striker short if we are to become a major force again. We have Suarez and Carroll leading the line with Dirk Kuyt coming in if need be but if you look at the other clubs around us, they have atleast four top class strikers in their squad. With David Ngog set to leave this summer, we are going to need to sign someone else. It was thought that Liverpool we after Connor Wickham before he joined Sunderland so clearly we are in the market for another striker.
Now looking at Forlan, he has done well linking up with Suarez, not only in the recent Copa America but also in the World Cup last year. We all know that Forlan had a terrible time when he was in the Premier League with Manchester United but maybe he is now ready for a return to the Premier League and what better a club to join than the number one rival of the team that sold you because you were not good enough.
Now the potential pitfalls in signing Forlan would firstly be his age. He is 32-years-old and that does not tie in with FSG policy of buying young players. Maybe they could make an exception like what they did when they signed goalkeeper Doni from Roma. The second and probably the biggest stumbling block to a potential move would be Forlan’s wages. It is reported that he earns £6million a year in wages and FSG would never sanction such a high wage for a player who is that old and would be a backup striker. Finally, how much would Atletico Madrid want to sell Forlan for? They are about to lose Sergio Aguero so chances of them letting go of another striker are slim unless they get a big enough offer. In my opinion, spending anything more than £10million to sign Forlan would not be worth it.
If somehow FSG could sign Forlan, I think it would be a good move. I would rather have him coming off the bench any day than having Ngog. What do you think?