Rumours abound that Damien Comolli has practically made the first two signings for the forthcoming summer transfer window. Should these rumours materialize, they would carry three excellent ingredients that give added value to the deals: age, quality and……. they’re free! The players in question are soon-to-be 25 year old Rennes’ dynamic midfielder Sylvain Marveau, and soon-to-be 26 year old left fullback Taye Ismaila Taiwo.
Marveaux was a Man Utd and Chelsea target in the 2010 summer window but Rennes decided to hold on to the player, even thought it was the final year of his contract. The left sided attacking midfielder has been mostly out of action since November 2010 and it is reported he underwent surgery to his groin this February. He was spotted watching the Liverpool vs. Wolves game where he was hosted in the directors’ box. It is being said that the Frenchman has signed a pre-contract with the Reds.
Taye Taiwo is a robust and powerful left fullback with a powerful strike and particularly effective in set plays. The Nigerian international is being chased by many top European clubs, especially AC Milan and Juventus in Italy, but the Italian media is saying that the player has already made up his mind to join the Reds. Taiwo is also being chased by Spurs and Newcastle but it’s possible that the prospect of playing for Liverpool and being practically guaranteed a starting berth in each game due to the Reds’ current left back woes will lure the Nigerian to Anfield.
Would these players fit the bill at Anfield? Do you feel managing to get quality players on a free is an advantage to free funds for other player purchases?