This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Liverpool rejected the opportunity to sign Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid, according to his agent, and uncle, Julio, per Cadena Ser.
Llorente completed a move from Los Blancos to Atletico Madrid earlier this month, signing a five-year deal at Wanda Metropolitano.
However, the Reds were offered the opportunity to acquire the 24-year-old beforehand by his representative.
Having been told by Zinedine Zidane that he did not plan to utilise the midfielder next season – he made a total of 39 appearances for Real – Llorente’s uncle attempted to drum up interest in his services.
He said: “I contacted several clubs to let them know what had happened, the conversation that Zidane and Marcos had had, one of which was Liverpool, but Marcos’ (position) was covered and it was not a priority, but Atletico is the one that took the strongest step and convinced us.
“I think we have done the right thing, I hope it’s like that, I hope Marcos is doing very well.”
Llorente never proved himself at Santiago Bernabeu.
Thus, it would not have made sense for the Reds to have made any sort of investment in the 24-year-old.
Jurgen Klopp’s men already have the likes of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner, with every one of them capable of playing in Llorente’s position.
Agents, of course, do this all the time; attempting to bring bidders to the table in an effort to secure their client the best deal.
But Liverpool were absolutely right to swerve this offer.
Llorente could well become a star at Atleti, but this is a remarkably sensible transfer decision by the Reds, given his lack of pedigree and his disappointing spell at Real.