PSG flop on radar of Liverpool picks next destination - report
By Matt Farr
Liverpool transfer target Jese has set his sights on a loan move to Las Palmas, according to a report.
Spanish newspaper Marca claim that the Paris Saint-Germain flop is ready to snub a move to Anfield in favour of returning to Spain with the La Liga side.
Jurgen Klopp was in the market for several midfield reinforcements in January, and had identified the 23-year-old on his January wishlist. But it appears he might now have to turn his attention towards other targets.
The former Real Madrid forward looks certain to leave the French capital this month having failed to impress manager Unai Emery since his arrival in the summer.
Jese joined PSG for £21 million on the back of moderate success with Real Madrid, but has not lived up to hype, contributing just two goals from 14 appearances this season.
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Liverpool are one of several top European sides said to be interested in ending Jese’s French misery, including AS Roma, but the player wants to move to Las Palmas.
The Spanish side are currently 10th in La Liga after 16 games, and the Express believe that the club are interested in taking Jese on loan until the end of the season.
A permanent switch to Las Palmas would not be a realistic option due to Jese’s wage demands.
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool should not waste much time fretting over Jese’s reported decision. It is a blow to miss out on one of your transfer targets, but given the month-long absence to Sadio Mane, and with Philippe Coutinho still on the return from injury, Klopp is short of wide options. With PSG currently on a winter break, negotiations were likely to drag out until the end of the transfer window, so at least Liverpool won’t be wasting their time pursuing a player that has little interest in joining. He would be guaranteed first-team football at Las Palmas, in a league and a country where he is already familiar and has proven himself. A move abroad to PSG didn’t work out, and there is little to suggest that moving to another new league would have been any better.
In other Liverpool news, this 20-year-old must follow Pedro Chirivella out of the Anfield exit door this month.