Liverpool fail in bid for Porto star

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Liverpool look set to miss out on Porto winger Christian Atsu, after the two clubs failed to agree a fee for the Ghanaian international. 

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been a keen admirer of the winger for a number of months, but any potential deal has now been grounded to a halt. Rodgers had identified Atsu as a player that could help build on their seventh placed finish last season but he will now have to look elsewhere. 

Portuguese newspaper O Jorgo recently claimed that Liverpool had submitted an offer in the region of £3.4m, but Porto were less than impressed with the bid. Manager Paulo Fonseca began to use Atsu more regularly last season, and his valuation of the player is thought to be around £5m, but Liverpool are not willing to pay such an amount for a player who is in only his second season in professional football. 

The 21-year-old began his career at Porto, but moved to fellow Liga Portuguesa outfit Rio Ave for the 2011/12 season after failing to make an impression at the Estadio Do Dragao. 

He returned to Porto last season, and performed well, making 29 appearances, scoring twice. He played a big part in Porto's title winning campaign, and is thought to be a key figure for their upcoming defence of their title. 

But despite considering Atsu a key figure in their squad, the player was keen on a move to England, but any potential transfer now seems out of the question. 


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