Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Friday June 28 2013
Real Madrid forward Jose Callejon has become the latest Spanish player connected with a summer move to Liverpool...
The recent signings of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas could be the start of a Spanish influx as the Reds continue to be linked with La Liga based personnel.
Previously we reported on a possible loan deal for Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu and now it's Real Madrid forward Jose Callejon who is being connected with a move to Anfield.
The 26-year-old rarely started matches at the Bernabeu under Jose Mourinho last season with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuien understandably preferred.
Callejon's position will become even more untenable if the Spanish giants secure one of the host of big names, including Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, that they are currently being linked with.
There is also the small matter of the completed signing of Isco from Malaga and the emergence of youth team prospects Alvaro Morata and Jese to further enhance competition for places.
Even Mourinho's recent departure and the subsequent arrival of Carlo Ancelotti to the Madrid dugout looks unlikely to alter the lack of opportunities afforded to Callejon.
The former Spanish U21 international, who can play through the middle or out wide, is no stranger to leaving Los Blancos in search of regular first team football having originally quit the club for Espanyol in 2008.
After impressing for the Barcelona-based outfit, Real decided to buy their former youth and reserve team player back three years later.
Callejon has subsequently made 76 appearances and scored 20 goals in his second spell but they have largely come as a substitute or in cup competitions.
In addition to Liverpool, Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting Italian duo Napoli and Fiorentina are interested in signing the player.
No fee is suggested but current market values would suggest Callejon could fetch towards the £8-£10million mark.
Callejon is a direct and pacy operator who can cause opposition defences big problems. His record of goals and appearances is pretty good given the other options Madrid have at their disposal and the amount of actual time he spends on the pitch. This is one rumour I'd really like to see come to fruition and I think he would be a good fit for Liverpool's formation and style of play. Callejon is also at the perfect age for a footballer with a great combination of experience and fuel in the tank.
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Date:Friday June 28 2013
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