Liverpool can agree free transfer in seven weeks for Juventus star with key Jürgen Klopp trait

Federico Bernardeschi is out of contract at Juventus in the summer and could be an option for Liverpool ahead of next season. The player can play in various roles and was part of Italy’s successful Euro 2020 campaign.

Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi could be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Bernardeschi’s contract with The Old Lady expires at the end of the season and, so far, the two parties can’t agree on an extension. As it stands, clubs can negotiate with the player from January: seven weeks from now.

It was reported several weeks ago that Juve are offering Bernardeschi a new contract worth €2.5m-per-season, down from his current €4m-per-annum deal. It remains to be seen at this stage whether the former Fiorentina player will accept it, given that his agent is a certain Mino Raiola.

Still only 27, Bernardeschi hasn’t been linked with a move to Liverpool, but as a free agent, the club should be monitoring his situation closely, as he could present an offer worth taking — especially as he possesses a key Jürgen Klopp trait.

Once regarded as one of Italy’s brightest hopes during his time at Fiorentina, Bernardeschi signed for Juventus in the summer of 2017 for €40m, but has struggled to make the qualitative leap that playing for the country’s biggest team demands.

He’s sparkled in patches, but Bernardeschi’s willingness to play in a myriad of positions has ultimately hampered his progress as a player. He was once a left winger, but now is a jack of all trades, and sadly for him, a master of none.

Possessed with a vicious left foot, Bernardeschi has made 159 appearances for Juventus, scoring 10 times and providing 20 assists. His best season was his first in Turin, when he registered four goals and five assists.

However since then, his confidence has struggled and his form dipped. Bernardeschi’s desire to plug in gaps wherever needed has seen him play everywhere from central midfield to left-back to operating as a false nine, via a brief stint as a number 10. The end result has been stagnated development in his ability.

Would he be a good fit for Liverpool?

In terms of finances, Bernardeschi would be a low-risk signing. He would be signing on a free, but in saying that, Raiola would, as Raiola does, demand a hefty commission fee. His wages aren’t the most exorbitant in the world of football, and he’s still young enough that FSG could sell him on after a couple of seasons if things weren’t turning out well at Anfield.

There would be plenty of suitors for Bernardeschi back in Italy, where his versatility would be valued by many coaches in Serie A. Klopp, too, is famously keen on versatile players, particularly in the forward roles.

However, in terms of tactics and fitting into Klopp’s team, it’s difficult to see where Bernardeschi would slot in. While an athletic player, he doesn’t have the endurance required to work in Klopp’s pressing system. Moreover, he’s not able to beat players in individual duels as he once did at Fiorentina, with his time at Juventus killing his confidence.

A bit like James Milner in a sense, Bernardeschi could continue the role of plugging gaps for Klopp where required. But it’s unlikely that he could seriously threaten the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Manè and Roberto Firmino.

Bernardeschi could perhaps be an alternative option, should targets A,B or C not work out for Liverpool next summer. The lack of transfer fee makes any potential deal that little bit more appealing, but there are better soon-to-be free agents out there.

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