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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Callejon to Liverpool

Posted on Jun 30th, 2013 by Amrit Nagi

Real Madrid winger Jose Callejon is reportedly looking for an exit from the Spanish club and now Liverpool have been added to the list of teams supposedly showing interest in the player.

Callejon: Transfer Truth: 35%
The main basis of the player's move away from Real is the notion that he has fallen out of favour and down the pecking order. Even though he made 31 La Liga appearances last season he finished 90 minutes just 7 times and half of his appearances were on as s substitute. With Real Madrid currently being linked with a lot of players and Ancelotti having stated that he will give some of his youngsters more opportunities this season, at 26 Callejon may find himself too old to be a youngster and not established enough to hold down a regular first team spot.

The Liverpool Link
A vast number of reputable news sources are reporting that Liverpool are very interested in his services but we could find nothing in the way of a good recent information which suggests this is the case. With Rodgers already having Sterling, Downing, Sturridge, Coutinho and a couple of new additions available to him in the wide positions, we can not see how the signing of a winger who has never managed more than 6 goals in a single season, and made just 6 assists in his last 55 appearances, would add very much to Liverpool's squad.

If the player can live up to past potential and show more of the talent we believe he does possess, and is available at an attractive transfer fee of around £10m, we think Rodgers would be more prudent to stick with his current crop and give Raheem Sterling more opportunities than bring in Callejon.

The only lingering doubt on this one is that Rodgers has repeatedly stated he wants to increase competition in all areas of the pitch (as reported by The Express):

One of the things we're trying to build is a competitive squad. Our squad was very thin last year. It's very important we have competition in every position and that wasn't always the case.

So even if it might seem like Liverpool have enough cover, Rodgers' desire for squad depth might make Callejon a distant possibility.

Our Truth-o-meter
Whilst we can buy in to the notion that the player may seek his fortunes away from Madrid there are currently no recent quotes from him, Ancelotti, or Liverpool that suggest categorically that he wants to leave. We could also find nothing beyond speculation that actually links him to Liverpool. Nor do we see much implied logic that the signing would be hugely beneficial to Liverpool's current team so we're giving this one a transfer truth rating of 50% but only a 15% chance that he will sign for Liverpool.

Likeliness of Signing: 15%
Fit at Club: 70%

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