It’s looking like Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint-Germain is the latest attacking midfielder to be linked with a move to Anfield. According to Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez.
How good is he? Does his style of play make it a potential worthwhile transfer?
What did Ramirez say?
He revealed Rodriguez wanted a move to his hometown club, however it would be unlikely they would be able to afford him. “He wants to come to Las Palmas, but he is owned by PSG and earns a salary that is of his level—and that is very high”
“Liverpool, AC Milan and Roma want Jese and are ready to pay what he earns. We cannot afford that salary.”
Transfering from Real Madrid to PSG in the summer, Jese has struggled to show a level anywhere near his best at the Parc des Princes, where he has just made one start in Ligue 1 since signing.
Despite finding it tougher than expected in Paris, you cannot question the talent on offer.
At the Santiago Bernabéu he made 62 appearances in La Liga, scoring 12 times. He was also part of the Champions League winning squads in 2014 and 2016.
Style of play – adaptability to Liverpool
Similar to Klopp’s favoured front line of Coutinho, Firmino and Mané, Jesé is able to play anywhere across the front line. Operating either as an attacking midfielder, second striker or centre-forward or in his favoured position out on the wing.
Whilst at Castilla, he often played in a false 9 role in the team’s 4–3–3 formation, something Firmino currently does very well at. Just like Firmino he regularly switched flanks due to his ability to use both feet. His direct style of football and goal scoring ability made him a favourite at Madrid.
In his favoured position, a winger he often is seen cutting inside from the wing both with the ball and without, to create chances and score goals. His close control, pace and dribbling abilities will make him a great addition to the Liverpool forward line and more than a suitable replacement for Mané when he represents Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.
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