Valencia want to sign Liverpool FC defender Tiago Ilori on loan in January.
After a summer of speculation and rumours, Tiago Ilori finally completed his move to Liverpool from Portuguese club Sporting. But the defender is yet to make his first appearance for the club and he will find it hard to get into the starting eleven this season.
Brendan Rodgers reinforced his defence this summer, signing the likes of Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho along with Ilori and Aly Cissokho. Both Toure and Sakho have cemented the place in the side and Rodgers will prefer them for their valuable experience. So the 20-year-old is currently the fifth choice center back and is behind Agger, Skrtel, Toure and Sakho in the pecking order.
Recent reports in England suggest that Spanish club Valencia are willing to offer the Liverpool defender an escape route and sign him on loan till the end of the season. Valencia have struggled defensively this season and they would need to bring in reinforcement at the back in the winter transfer window. Moreover, Frenchman Adil Rami has run into problems with the management at the club and is expected to join AC Milan on loan in January.
Valencia will need to sign a replacement for Rami, but they are among the numerous Spanish clubs who are facing financial problems at the moment. So a loan move for Tiago Ilori is appealing for them. Los Che manager Miroslav Đukić is believed to have been following the progress of Ilori during his time in Portugal and is willing to promise him regular first team action in the second half of the season.
With Rami’s unsure future at the club, Ricardo Costa and Jeremy Mathieu are currently the first choice center backs for Valencia. Victor Ruiz is the only other option, but the Spaniard has mostly been used as a substitute and is unlikely to provide too much competition for Ilori if he joins. With Liverpool unable to provide him regular first team action, perhaps a loan move to Valencia will be in best interest for all the parties involved.