Argentine international Fernando Gago could be the latest player to join Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool revolution this summer. Speaking to Calciomercato.it, the player’s agent Zoran Vekic said: “As for Gago, I can say that at the moment it is just speculation. I guess there is some interest. To be more precise, we must still wait for the next few weeks, when we will know his situation better.”
The 24-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, who has appeared 121 times for Los Blancos, started his career with Argentine titans Boca Juniors. He made his debut for the club in December 2004, featuring in the side’s 1-0 victory over Quilmes. He established himself as a key player for the club during the course of the next season, and featured prominently in their hugely successful 2005/06 season, which saw Los Xeneizes land five major titles.
Gago moved to the Bernabeu in December 2006 for a fee of €20.4 million, and was followed by his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain. He instantly adapted to La Liga, and appeared 17 times for Real Madrid during their 2006-07 title-winning season. His importance to the side grew in 2007/08, and Gago racked up 42 appearances as Real Madrid stormed to a second successive title.
El Pintita featured in Argentina’s 2005 FIFA World Cup Championship-winning under-20 side, and he has received full international recognition. He made his international debut in 2007 and has been capped 30 times.
A combination of injuries and tough competition for places has meant that Gago’s influence at the Bernabeu has diminished over the course of the last two seasons.
The combative anchorman, who has drawn comparisons with club legend Fernando Redondo, came close to joining Manchester City in January 2010. The summer arrival of German international Sami Khedira has pushed Gago further down the Bernabeu pecking order, with Mourinho preferring to partner the former Stuttgart man with Xabi Alonso.
Rumours suggest that Gago will be available for around £10m this summer. With Liverpool sorely lacking midfield steel since the departure of fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano, a move for Fernando Gago could prove to be an excellent one for both club and player this summer.
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