Liverpool: Reds Consider Ilori For Defence
***Bid rejected*** Liverpool have had a bid of £3million rejected for Tiago Ilori according to reports...
20-year-old centre-back Tiago Ilori, earmarked by the Reds as a star of the future, could be edging closer to a move to Anfield despite Sporting Lisbon rejecting their initial offer.
The Portugese club are holding out for double the £3million figure but a source told Sky Sports: "The doors are open to negotiate, but for a just price."
Kop boss Brendan Rodgers appears to have identified a new defensive option in the shape of Portugese starlet Tiago Ilori...
The list of summer defensive targets supposedly on Liverpool's radar seems to grow by the day.
According to recent reports, chiefly in the Daily Mirror, 20-year-old Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori is the latest name in the frame for a move to Anfield.
Born in London to an English father of Nigerian descent and a Portuguese mother, Ilori has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence this season after breaking into the Sporting first team at the turn of the year.
With legendary stalwart Jamie Carragher set to retire on Sunday, and the future of squad players Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates unclear, Liverpool's need for new players to partner Daniel Agger at the heart of the back line is no secret.
Ilori, who Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is said to have tabled a £4m bid for, is described as: 'classy on the ball and also dominant in the air'.
The Portugese U20 international joined Sporting's youth ranks back in 2006 and began life as a striker before converting to his current position.
Ilori initially made his full debut in 2011 but it is since the arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira as Sporting coach in January that he has become a regular; impressing to the point of earning a new and improved contract in March.
Other sources, such as the Daily Express and Daily Mail, believe the Merseysiders are not alone in their admiration however. Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish outfit Valencia are also said to be interested.
Looking at his experience, age and the cost involved, this would seem more of a purchase for the future than someone who could seamlessly go straight into the starting eleven. However, from the few matches involving him that I have seen, including in the NextGen Series against Liverpool last season, he certainly appears to have a big future ahead. A worthwhile purchase.
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