The suits at Liverpool have finally confirmed that they’ve agreed – in principal anyways – to sign striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for a fee of £7.7mil; but we knew that weeks ago, didn’t we?
With only the formal paperwork left outstanding, the Spanish striker becomes Brendan Rodgers second signing of the season after the Ulsterman snapped up former Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer as cover for the retired Jamie Carragher. On Tuesday, Aspas was on Merseyside and pictured with Liverpool first team doctor Zaf Iqbal as he apparently went through the rounds of his physical at Melwood ahead of the move. With everything kosher on the physicality end and with personal terms already agreed, the Reds have now moved to finalize what’s been one of the worst kept transfer secrets in recent memory.
As the latest Luis Suarez debacle drags on and the club refuses to timeline the return of Daniel Sturridge, the signing of Aspas insures that Rodgers will have more than one fit first team striker when the season kicks off on August 17th. The Spanish striker found the next 12 times in 35 league outings for Celta Vigo last year and helped them avoid relegation by chipping in with an assist on the last day of the season. Liverpool have made their intention of completing new signings early in the transfer window clear and with the signing of Aspas all but finished, Rodgers can now turn his attention to other real – and imagined – targets as he looks to strengthen over what will be a crucial summer window.