Raul Meireles set to replace Mascherano

CAPE TOWN, June 30, 2010 Ra   l Meireles (L) of Portugal controls the ball during 2010 World Cup round of 16 soccer match against Spain at Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 29, 2010. Spain won the match 1-0.

According to reports from the Portugese radio station Renascença, Liverpool will move to bring in 27 year old Portugese international Raul Meireles in a deal for roughly £10.6M.

Meireles has spent his whole career in Portugal, starting at Aves, before a stint at Boavista, then on to his present club FC Porto in 2004.

He has 4 consecutive title medals in his locker and has become an important part of Porto’s central midfield.

Liverpool waved goodbye earlier in the day to Javier Mascherano, who is set to be granted his long term wish of a move to Barcelona. The Catalan giants finally agreed a fee with Liverpool for £17M, less than the amount the reds paid to rescue the current Argentine captain from West Ham back in 2007.

Rumours also heavily indicate that Fulham’s left back Paul Konchesky will be arriving on Merseyside this weekend for a medical with the club, despite assurances that Hodgson would not raid his former club.  The reds have been weakened over the summer at left back and Daniel Agger had to fill in last Monday, despite suffering with concussion.

There could be a trade off however – as Fulham are keen on two of Liverpool’s most promising youngsters – Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniclic.

4 comments on
Raul Meireles set to replace Mascherano

  1. Have to agree with Imran about Aquilani, i reckon he would have come good if he had a chance to play more often. Nice signing in Meireles tho, welcome to Liverpool Raul.

  2. We’ve been greatly weakened with the loss of Alonso,Benayoun and Masherano though Poulson and Cole have somewhat softened the blow.Just hope this Raul Meireles bloke who i know nothing about isn’t another holding midfielder,i am sick of defensive signings.

    Still believe Aquilani should have been given a proper chance seeing we spent so much on him.

  3. I think R.Meireles will be a good signing. He can replace our weak midfielder,Lucas Leiva. I’m sure that he (Meireles) and Gerrard will create a great partnership. Top 4 is sure!

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