Liverpool are one of four clubs to have made a bid to sign an in-demand Ligue 1 left-back, but it looks like Jurgen Klopp will have to come back with a bigger offer if he is to convince Lorient to part with their most valuable asset.
Guerreiro had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal and it is possible that they have also bid for him. But it has been confirmed that Liverpool are one of the four clubs to have made an official offer for the left back, also wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. But no offer is yet big enough to be accepted.
“For the moment four major foreign clubs, including Dortmund and Liverpool, have made an offer,” Alex Hayes told French newspaper Ouest France.
“No one wants to see Raphaël leave, especially the president. He will only be transferred if a club makes an offer that we can’t refuse.
“The fourth one shouldn’t take too long to be made [officially] but for the moment none of them satisfy us. We’re calm. We don’t need to sell to balance the books.”
Guerreiro is in the final year of his contract and a bid of £10million is likely to be enough to convince Lorient to part with the Portuguese international, who has 5 caps for his country.
Arsenal may be the fourth club to have made an ‘oral bid’ but Liverpool can offer something to Guerreiro that Arsenal probably can’t – first team football. The Gunners have Nacho Monreal as an established first-choice option and only appear to be looking to sign cover for him, with Kieran Gibbs set to leave. Liverpool, on the other hand, appear to be searching for starting left back who can replace Alberto Moreno.
Statistically, Guerreiro is quite impressive. He manages over 3 interceptions per 90 minutes and also 1.94 successful take ons. He wins a fair amount of less tackles than Moreno though, just 1.29 compared to the Spaniards 2.43. Moreno also makes a lot more key passes per game, 2.01 compared to Guerreiro’s 0.79. It’s fair to say that at 22, Guerreiro still has room for improvement but it is anticipated that he will realise his potential and become one of the very best left-backs in Europe. Liverpool are unlikely to find a better suited left-back in the current market and shouldn’t be worrying too much about the £10million asking price as at 22, Guerreiro is almost certain to provide a good return on investment.
In terms of the sources behind this story, they are good, quotes from the club confirming Liverpool have made a bid. What remains to be seen is whether or not they increase the bid and also whether they can beat the other three clubs to his signing.