The Reds close in on a fifth summer signing…
Liverpool are closing on a £5m deal for Granada’s Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Reds were reportedly close to a loan deal for Benfica’s 22-year-old Paraguayan left-back Melgarejo, but are now believed to have turned their attentions to the Brazilian fullback. The 27-year-old had an impressive term in La Liga, and would provide a more experienced option to compete with Jose Enrique for the starting left-back slot.
Siqueira scored six times in 35 La Liga appearances last season, and is very comfortable on the ball. He can overlap a left-winger, or link up play with the midfield with crisp, short passes. Having only played in slower-paced leagues, Siqueira is weak in the air though, and could struggle to deal with the physicality of the Premier League.
Enrique had a solid season for Liverpool, but has suffered injury problems during his Anfield career, and academy graduates Jack Robinson and John Flanagan have been sent on loan to the Championship.
Brendan Rodgers has already been active in this transfer window, without spending a lot of money. Deals for Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Luis Alberto will have cost roughly the same amount they will receive from West Ham for Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.