Ignacio Camacho has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, but according to reports from England and Spain this week, he may finally make the move this summer.
If the reports are to be believed then Liverpool are the club that are confident of sealing a deal. The Malaga midfielder has a £15.6million release clause, which it seems that Liverpool would be more than willing to activate.
Despite reports that he could have left for as little as £4million last summer, Malaga are insisting that his full release clause must be paid in order for a deal to be done in the coming months.
With a high amount of competition for places, Camacho, 25, has struggled to establish himself in the international setup for Spain, although he has been capped. He has represented Spain heavily at all youth levels. A series of impressive performances this season may have strengthened his slim chances of a Euro 2016 call-up.
In comparison to Liverpool’s other more defensive minded central midfielders, Camacho clearly excels in areas such as tackles won (2.52), interceptions (3.5) and aerial duels won (2.94). His interception rate is particularly impressive and that could be a vital addition to Jurgen Klopp’s system. Someone who can break the play up at the base of the midfield will help in a high-pressure system deployed by Klopp. The Spaniard’s 72% pass completion rate is a worry, although possession based football is not how Liverpool’s new German manager generally likes to play. Despite playing as the deepest midfielder, for the most part, Camacho is still a very forward thinking player, averaging 38.46 forward passes per 90 minutes played, only Henderson (44.42) and Lucas Leiva (48.54) better that.
Camacho differentiates from the standard Spanish midfielder; not as neat in possession he likes to get involved in the physical side of the game, with his defensive qualities his best aspect. But such defensive tenacity is not always a good thing; he struggles with discipline picking up a card around every 190 minutes in the league this season, a rate that is more frequent than any midfielder apart from Lucas.
It’s clear that Camacho’s style of play is more similar to Lucas than anyone else and it would most likely be the Brazilian that he would contend with / replace if he did arrive this summer.