Liverpool can finalize the signing of highly-rated Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes, but they have to pay at least ‘€40m-€50m’, according to club owner Leonid Fedun.
“It’s more than even possible to keep Promes until summer. Now he has offers, but as interesting for me to say ‘Wow!’ – and for me that’s €40m-€50m.
“In coming months we aren’t going let Promes leave less than that. – Fudun told TASS.
“I know how much Manchester United paid for [Memphis] Depay, and for me, Promes has same quality.
Promes has impressed for Spartak since moving to the Russian capital in 2014, showing the talent that had many branding him a star of the future during his time with FC Twente.
Here’s a look at what he can do:
Aside from Mane’s international commitments, it’s suggested in the report that the acceleration in the Reds’ chase is due to the fact other Premier League teams have shown an interest in the Netherlands international.
There are undoubted stylistic similarities between Promes and Mane. Like the Senegal star, the Dutchman has blistering pace, is powerful with the ball at his feet and able to influence the play from a variety of positions on the pitch.
Per Russian football commentator John Bradley, he has even been used as a centre-forward this term:
Quincy Promes starts for Spartak, most likely as the centre forward against Rubin Kazan. Interesting to see how he plays in that position
— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) December 5, 2016
Although Liverpool have a lot of quality attacking options to call upon, in terms of a direct threat from wide positions, there’s nobody who can have the same impact as Mane.
Promes, as such, makes sense as a target. While there have been some questions about his attitude in the past, he has shown the determination, physical attributes and technical ability needed to thrive in English football.