There have been a handful of names this summer that just won’t go away. Players who continue to be linked with an Anfield move even though the rumours appear tenuous at best and baseless at worst. Mateo Kovacic and Asier Illarramendi are perhaps the best examples, with rumours in Italy and Spain linking each respectively to the club almost all summer while those with ties to the club insist there’s nothing going on.
Then there’s Denis Chryshev, the 24-year-old Real Madrid winger who came into his own last season while on loan at Villarreal. Reports in Spain have linked him with a Liverpool move off and on since last season ended, and with the new campaign only a week away, they show no signs of stoping. In fact, despite a distinct coolness from the Liverpool end, they appear to only be heating up, with reports the Reds have meet Real’s valuation.
Reports—again of the Spanish variety—claim Liverpool have matched Real Madrid’s £10.5M valuation of the winger, which would seem as though it should make Cheryshev to Liverpool a done deal. Not so fast, though, as the same reports claim Madrid will now have to decide if they want to sell Cheryshev for the fee they were claimed to be looking to sell him for right up until the moment Liverpool said they were willing to meet it.
It almost seems an attempt to continue spinning a rumour that had lost momentum. An insistence it’s taken a step forward while at the same time claiming it’s in exactly the same place as it was two weeks and two months ago. So it goes in the land of rumour mongering and reports out of Spain. And that’s without even getting to questions of where Cheryshev would fit at a Liverpool side who seem to have a set two-deep in attack.
Already Liverpool are overstocked at Cheryshev’s position, and last summer’s £20M signing Lazar Markovic is going to struggle to get minutes this season as he appears no better than third choice for Brendan Rodgers in any of the supporting attacking roles. One of the club’s young, positionally flexible strikers—either Divock Origi or Danny Ings—is also likely to struggle for minutes over the coming season despite being able to play wide.
Still, the rumblings about Cheryshev just won’t go away. Which for some will be taken to mean there’s really something there despite it looking increasingly likely he’s another Kovacic or Illarramendi. Realistically, though, he isn’t a target that makes a great deal of sense for the club, and this latest round of rumours seems little more than attempt to keep the story something like alive.