According to Spanish journalist Xavi Jorquera Márquez, Liverpool have put a €40m (£33.8m) bid “on the table” for Villarreal wonderkid Pino.
Márquez tweeted: “Villarreal have received two offers from two Premier League teams for Yeremy Pino.
“Those clubs are Arsenal and Liverpool.”
“Both have put €40m (£33.8m) on the table. Villarreal asks €60m (£50.7m).”
Despite signing a contract extension this summer that will secure his future until 2025, Mohamed Salah is not a player that Liverpool will easily replace in just three years time, and preparing for the future should be something FSG will need to consider with many players in the squad in the latter stages of their career.
Six of the 11 players fielded against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the disappointing 2-2 draw this weekend were over 30 years old, so it would certainly not hurt Liverpool to start thinking about the future of the team to ensure the club’s success over the last six years won’t be short-lived.
As mentioned above, the Egyptian winger will not be an easy player to replace and his perfectly mastered position in the team will take some getting used to for any new forward intending to step into Salah’s shoes, but Pino has already shown glimpses that he is a talent worth paying attention to at Villarreal.
The 19-year-old who was hailed a “special talent” by Fabrizio Romano, made 31 appearances in the wide right position in Unai Emery’s side last season, scoring six goals, delivering four assists and creating six big chances, with the manager clearly trusting in the young player by deploying him in the position consistently.
In fact, Emery has lavished praise on his rising star, hailing Pino “brave” following his performance against Espanyol last season when the youngster scored four goals in just 53 minutes to become the youngest ever player to score a first-half hat-trick in La Liga:
“Yeremy is a 19-year-old boy who has a lot of maturity for certain things. He is competitive, brave and always wants more.”
Clearly incredibly competent in front of goal, as Salah is, the pair share more than just a prolific nature. Indeed. Pino is incredibly exciting with the ball at his feet, completing 1.6 dribbles per game last term. By comparison, Liverpool’s attacking sensation managed 1.5.
With that being said, the signing of Pino would be a great piece of business for Liverpool. Not only could they secure a young player that Klopp can develop into Salah’s heir but the club could also inject some more youth into their team in order to ensure they can compete at the highest level for years to come.
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