After the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool have a sizable transfer kitty to spend in this summer’s transfer window. A number of players have already arrived at the club, and an additional player to add to the incoming list is French striker Loic Remy.
Liverpool have reportedly agreed to a fee of £8.5m with Queens Park Rangers for the Frenchman, agreed to an £80,000 a week, 4 year contract with the player himself, and carried out a successful medical examination on Remy as well. Now it seems only paperwork delays an official announcement of the signing. And in a market where players are routinely transferred for fees in excess of £10m — and some of them are quite average — the signing of Remy for just £8.5 seems to be a shrewd one.
Even the £80,000 a week salary is not overly excessive when you consider what some lesser players earn in the Premier League. No, Remy will not be able to fill Suarez’s considerable shoes — a player who would require Liverpool to break their transfer record of £35m — but he will be able to contribute immediately after having proved what he is capable of over the last couple of years in the Premier League.
A lot of Premier League teams were already interested in Remy back when he was at Olympique Marseille in France, but it was the Frenchman’s spells at QPR and Newcastle United in the last two seasons which have established his ability to perform in the Premier League. Remy scored six goals in 14 league games for a poor QPR team two seasons ago, and then last season, furthered his reputation with 14 goals in 26 league games for Newcastle.
Remy is capable of playing in multiple positions too, including as a striker or a wide player. He’ll bring crucial versatility, direct running, pace, dribbling ability and a knack for scoring goals to a new-look Liverpool attack. You get quite a lot for your £8.5m if you’re Liverpool! Better strikers than Remy have obviously moved clubs during this window, but in terms of value for money, £8.5m is a good deal for Liverpool and it will prove so over the next few seasons.