It hasn't been one of the most straightforward deals Liverpool have conducted in recent transfer windows, but it looks as though they've finally completed the transfer for Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, who will officialy be a Liverpool player come July 1. We thought this news was done and dusted last week, but problems with agents and the Spanish Football Federation popped up again, leaving the deal far more complex than originally thought. Ian Ayre bore the brunt of supporters' ire, and while he might have been able to handle a piece or two of the deal with more care, all the mess-ups here looked to be on the side of the player and his representatives.
More fuss than the club or Aspas would have wanted, but now that it appears all is settled, he joins Kolo Toure and Luis Alberto (even though he sort of joined them before) as new Liverpool players in an already busy summer. Comparatively speaking, Aspas appears to be the player with the least acclaim of those confirmed or set to arrive; Toure has the experience and the silverware, Alberto the potential, and Simon Mignolet--who isn't official but could be in the coming week--a Premier League proven option meant to push Pepe Reina and compete for the number one spot.
That doesn't mean he's a slouch, though, and his relatively lower profile arrival seems to suit him well. Brendan Rodgers has spoken openly about players who are "hungry to succeed" and noted Aspas' winning mentality, and while there isn't much glitz or glamour in his history, you'd imagine that this is a situation in which the player will work to make the most of what's likely the biggest opportunity of his professional career.
So again--and hopefully for the last time--welcome to Liverpool, Iago Aspas.