Liverpool’s search for a new goalkeeper has seen them head to Italy, scouting Genoa’s Mattia Perin and Fiorentina’s Neto.
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The Reds have been linked with Fiorentina’s 25-year-old Brazilian Neto (full name Norberto Murara Neto) in recent months but are also keeping tabs on Genoa’s 22-year-old Perin (pictured above).
Perin recently made his debut for the Italian national team in the last international break, as a substitute against Albania. He has been – predictably – likened to compatriot Gianluigi Buffon.
Liverpool have scouted Perin on at least two occasions this season and would cost in the region of €12 – 15 million. He was previously linked with AC Milan before they signed Diego Lopez in the summer.
Perin has a spectacular style, with the cliched “cat-like reflexes”. He’s comfortable in possession, not his best strength but certainly not below the standard of a normal goalkeeper today.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have had talks with Neto’s agent. The Brazilian stopper’s contract at Fiorentina expires in 2015 and he is in talks to sign a new one, but Liverpool and Roma are both watching the situation.
Liverpool, having attempted to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in recent months, are keen to sign a goalkeeper in January to at least add strength in depth in the position.