According to the Daily Express this morning, Liverpool are hoping to complete a €19m deal for Ezequiel Lavezzi before the end of next week’s deadline.
It looked as if El Pocho would at least stay at Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season but according to the British press, scouts from the Merseyside club were present at the Saint-Etienne game.
Edinson Cavani’s relationship with Laurent Blanc has repaired somewhat in the past week or so but it is a different kettle of fish for Lavezzi. According to Le Parisien, the coach wanted the player to leave this month but president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Olivier Letang refused. This is due to the FFP sanctions as they cannot guarantee the arrival of a player with equal quality. You can sense the animosity between the coach and the player. LB did not shake the his hand when he was substituted against Bordeaux last week but he did with Yohan Cabaye and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck.
Adnan Januzaj’s agent revealed a few days ago that we approached Manchester United. This was struck down immediately as manager Louis Van Gaal wants to keep hold of him. The approach does make sense though and it seems as if Les Parisiens were preparing a contingency plan if Lavezzi were to leave.
It would be a major surprise if a deal for the Argentine is concluded before the end of the month. We certainly cannot afford to lose anyone without having a replacement as we have a hectic few weeks coming up with cup ties, the league and the resumption of the Champions League.