Luis Diaz has been told he’s ‘not a big signing’ for Liverpool after his January arrival from Porto.
The Colombian winger signed for the Reds in January for a fee which could eventually rise to £50m and has started in impressive form for his new side. But club legend John Barnes has explained why Diaz “is not a big January signing” for the Reds.
It comes as Liverpool could repeat the same transfer trick they pulled off in order to sign Brazilian midfielder Fabinho – and once again leave Manchester United furious. And Unai Emery has identified the “difficulties” his Villarreal side could face in the Champions League semi-final against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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Emery identifies ‘difficulties’
Villarreal boss Unai Emery fears his side’s “surprise factor is dwindling” ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool.
The Yellow Submarine have had an incredible run so far in the competition, knocking out Juventus and Bayern Munich on their way to the semis. But former Arsenal manager Emery, who has overseen their impressive Champions League run, knows his side may face “difficulties” at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Fabinho transfer trick could be repeated
Liverpool could make bitter rivals Manchester United furious this summer by repeating the same transfer trick they used to land Fabinho.
The Brazilian arrived at Anfield in 2018 from AS Monaco having been linked with a move to Old Trafford. And the Reds could trump United for a Monaco star once again by signing France international Aurélien Tchouameni.
The midfielder could be on the move this summer with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain also rumoured to harbour interest in signing him. But the Reds could use their previous experience of negotiating with Monaco to gain a huge advantage in the transfer race.
Diaz ‘not a big signing’
Liverpool legend John Barnes has said Luis Diaz was “not a big January signing” for the Reds.
The Colombian winger was signed from Porto for an initial fee of £37.5million, although that could rise to £50million with add-ons. He’s fast become a fan favourite with the Anfield faithful after starting in blistering form and showcasing an array of skills and tricks.
And Barnes has now said he wasn’t a big signing as there “wasn’t a big clamour” to sign him. The Reds icon also explained that Diaz would have struggled to make the same impact had he instead moved to the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona.