A Premier League rival selling one of their best attacking players for Â£ 50million in the January window is still a positive sign for Liverpool.
But in the case of Ferran Torres and the Spaniard’s sale to Barcelona from Manchester City, it could not only bolster Liverpool’s title ambitions but also help the club in their transfer efforts.
Many who are aware of Barcelona’s major financial situation will have been surprised to see the Catalans spending such a large sum ahead of the coming window, given their large debts.
However, they recently got a loan that alleviated some of their budgetary problems, although it has not yet fully put them on a solid footing.
As a result, according to Marca, Barcelona have made an offer of Â£ 50million for the Manchester City winger.
But the Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reports that due to La Liga fair play rules Barcelona will have to sell players in order to secure Torres’ services.
Barcelona will likely try to get rid of their deadwood, with Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane DembÃ©lÃ© and Philippe Coutinho probably the first names on Barcelona’s list to try and get rid of it, but Liverpool have found out firsthand that in today’s financial market , selling players of this ilk is a difficult task.
Liverpool were unable to offload Divock Origi, Loris Karius and Nat Phillips over the summer, although the trio of them are not seen as a vital part of the club’s future and Liverpool is open to offers.
But in the end, there just weren’t any good deals.
Barcelona could face a similar hurdle, which could offer Liverpool the opportunity to attract some of the Catalans’ most coveted players to Anfield and at a relatively decent price, given the dire situation Barcelona find themselves in.
One, in particular, could be Gavi, who has a fairly affordable declared release clause of Â£ 43million and who has been linked with Liverpool in the past through several outlets as the club seek to strengthen their options in the middle of the field.
Of course, Barcelona will be reluctant to let him go, but with the pressure to sell, the Catalans could be forced to make a decision.
El Nacional previously claimed that JÃ¼rgen Klopp called Gavi “chosen” for his midfielder with the young tailor designed for Klopp’s gegenpressing football and possessing the technical and creative ability to add something more to the Reds’ ranks.
With Gavi considered one of the best young players to rise through the ranks at Barcelona and having become the youngest player in Spain’s history to represent the national team, even Â£ 43million would be a decent price for Liverpool to buy it.
It remains to be seen whether the transfer domino will actually start to shift with the transfer of Ferran Torres. But if it does, it could pay dividends on both ends from Liverpool’s perspective, giving the club the boost they need ahead of the New Year.