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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Muriel to Liverpool

Posted on Jul 27th, 2013 by James Ellaby

While Roberto Soldado is apparently their top 'Suarez replacement' target, Liverpool are also being linked with a Colombian youngster called Luis Muriel.

Muriel - Transfer Truth: 35%
The Daily Star are leading this rumour, saying that Brendan Rodgers might favour bringing in another good young talent to add to the pool of strikers he already has, rather than going for a big name.

22-year-old Muriel scored 11 times in 15 Serie A starts for Udinese last season and was named joint Top Young Footballer Of The Year for his previous season's work on loan at Lecce.

He's often been compared favourably in Italy to Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) for his pace, power and occasional weight issues (seriously) and scored his first goal for Colombia earlier this year. With the right development it is believed he could be in the same bracket of the Brazil legend in his prime some day.

His progress at Udinese has been slow because of the restrictions on non-EU registrations, which has seen him loaned out to Granada in Spain before his spell at Lecce, but recent comments from the player do imply that he is happy at his current club despite the speculation surrounding him:

This year I came back from vacation and was very eager to train well and do well. I'm very happy to be here again and I'm ready to score goals for Udinese. Hopefully I can get to score 20 goals. Last year I promised to get a minimum 15 goals. I only got 11, even though I played fewer games due to an injury.

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Muriel seems to be a very talented young man, but is also a fairly raw talent, especially given that he's 22. His goalscoring has been inconsistent and he's not yet a regular first choice for Udinese.

The player himself has apparently said that he'd like to stay with the Zebrette for another couple of seasons to develop, rather than looking to jump ship to a bigger club.

So it's hard to see that there's much substance to this story, especially given his relative lack of international experience, which may be an issue for a work permit.

Likeliness of Signing: 20%
Fit at Club: 65%

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