Wednesday, November 22, 2006

New Signing Underway...

Paletta Won't Be Lonely Anymore

LIVERPOOL are close to snapping up Argentina starlet Emiliano Insua in a deal worth around £1m.

The 17-year-old left-back arrived on Merseyside today from legendary South American club Boca Juniors.

He'll be at Anfield in time to watch tonight's Champions League clash with PSV.

It's anticipated he'll initially sign on loan until the end of the season, with the deal agreed to make the move permanent next summer.

Insua is part of the exciting Argentine Under-20 side who are currently world champions at their level, and his arrival is part of an ongoing strategy by Rafa Benitez to recruit elite youngsters from across the world and provide a stable foundation for the future of the club.

Chief scouts Frank McParland and Eduardo Macia have been entrusted to scour the globe for potential stars of the future.

Insua comes into that category, having been spotted excelling for his country's youth team, and there are expected to be more recruits in the New Year.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona were tracking Insua, but Liverpool were the first to show an interest in the teenager, prompting him to reject recent moves from Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

There are those at Anfield who believe Insua could challenge for a first team spot before the end of this season, and will certainly be an option in time for the 2007-08 campaign.


Chee Sheng said...

woot! as usual, Rafa works on getting a world class defense first... coz defenders are the longest lasting players, and can play until they are as old as Milan's defense...
now now, who will be Finnan's backup? Finnan has been magnificent, but so far no new player has proved to be worthy of that position other than him... someone from the youth cup championship team maybe?
Future does seem bright for Liverpool, but im hoping for a couple more trophies before i do get to see those rough carbon molded into diamonds...


Finnan's backup? Lucas Neill nearly joined to be his backup but failed the last moment. So perhaps instead of searching the market for right-backs, why not give Lee Peltier a try. I'm very impressed bys his performance in the League Cup and maybe he's the ready-made replacement for Finnan.

Well, I'm not very convinced by Argentinians playing in the Premiership. Just look at Tevez, Mascherano, Veron and Scaloni. All flopped big time. But maybe Rafa see something in Paletta and Insua and are confident about them making the grade.

Trophies aside, hope Rafa bring back the Premiership title.

prash said...

heinze is doing good.i think argertine defs shoulnt have much problem.this signing would definately make my fm experience more interesting.

i think the only reason we didnt sell warnock is because of the new uefa rule that all clubs must register at least 4 players from the clubs youth system for cl.with this guy being 17 he can be considered as a product of our youth system.i am sure rafa would be looking for more players at this age if our acedemy isnt producing any quality players.


Heinze hasn't produce his best form yet this season and has been ousted by Evra already. But no doubt he's a quality defender who's gritty and tough. Hopefully Insua is this sort of defender rather than...Aurelio...

Yes, there's indeed a rule in which every club must register 2 or 3 home grown players (I'm not sure the numbers). At the same time Warnock does look OKAY and up to the job. Maybe he'll blossom like Carra did at a later age.