Liverpool Can’t Afford Spanish Star

By on May 18, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Liverpool have been linked with a summer move for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, according to Spanish daily AS, but the major stumbling bloke for any transfer is likely to be price.

Navas, 24, has been in outstanding form this season for Sevilla and will be part of Spain’s World Cup squad this summer. Liverpool are reportedly keen on adding the exciting winger to their squad  as they look to bolster their attacking options on the flanks for next season.

However, the Reds are likely to miss out on the player for a number of reasons. The main problem will be that Liverpool are only willing to pay around £15m for Navas, which is well short of the £50m buyout clause in his contract. Liverpool will also be unable to offer Champions League football next season, something that his current club secured at the weekend.

Another major hurdle is that Navas suffers from anxiety attacks when he spends long periods away from home. Although these problems have subsided somewhat recently, he may still be reluctant to make a move to Liverpool.

Wouls Liverpool fans like to see Navas at Anfield next season? Is he a realistic target?

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5 Comments

  1. magnumopus

    May 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

    So, then, let’s move on!

  2. county road

    May 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I have been suffering from anxiety attacks ever since those yanks “bought” our club, they are sure to subside when they leave.

  3. scousepete

    May 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    here we go again. Suffers anxiety attacks away from home – should fit in well with the team then.
    buyout clause in contract £50m. We would offer £15m. Slight gap to fill here.
    Will lose chance of Champions League football if he joins. Sounds like he’s got everything going for him if he were to join us then.
    Oh and I nearly forgot – with his build he looks just right for the Premier League. bet he can’t wait to play against the players who are so experienced in chopping your legs away.
    Dream on Benitez……………………..

  4. Danny

    May 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    The buyout clause in a players contract is set by the Spanish premier league and is payable to the league – I’m not sure why this is, but it is a (criminally) not well-known fact in the UK. Spanish clubs will often accept well below the buyout clause for a player when they are made an offer that is acceptable to them. I am not saying that we could sign Navas for £15m – merely that the large buyout clause in his contract is not indicative of a similarly large asking price.

    The panic attacks point is interesting – doesn’t bode well for his place in the Spanish world cup squad does it??

  5. m kop

    May 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Jesus seems good, but I’d prefer Mata insted.

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