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LFC Transfer Spotlight: Mauricio Isla

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GENOA, ITALY - JANUARY 15:  Mauricio Isla of Udinese Calcio in action during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on January 15, 2012 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
GENOA, ITALY - JANUARY 15: Mauricio Isla of Udinese Calcio in action during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on January 15, 2012 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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With this weekend's match up versus ManU I am sure the last thing on your mind are transfer targets. Well the transfer game never sleeps and be assured that Damien and company are always scouting as are we here at Anfield Asylum. I fully expect a busy transfer window for LFC during the summer to get rid of some of the creaking knees and bring in some fresh blood.

Today's focus will be on Mauricio Isla, Mr. Everything for Italian Serie A club Udinese

The Stats:

Name in native country: Mauricio Aníbal Isla Isla
Date of birth: 12.06.1988
Place of birth: Buin
Age: 23
Height: 5'8"
Nationality: Chile
Position: Midfield - Central Midfield
Foot: right
Market value: 9.200.000 £
Player's agent: Leo Rodriguez

Isla is a very versitile player that can play centrally in midfield, and virtually anywhere on the right hand side of the pitch. He is very much like Glen Johnson in the fact that he can play defense but loves to play forward on the pitch and covers a lot of ground working byline to byline Although Alexis Sanchez was rewarded with a transfer to Barca over the summer, Mauricio factored a lot into the fourth place finish for Udinese last season.

Isla has impressed coach Pasquale Marino with his willingness to play any role asked of him. He has gelled exceptionally with captain Antonio Di Natale who has been on the good side of many of Mauricio's pin-point crosses.

To date Isla has three goals and two assists during this Serie A campaign. More stats and an assesment can be found here at whoscored.com

Here is a video showing some of Mauricio's skills in both Serie A action and for Chile.

Role af LFC?


Isla could provide some excellent coverage on the right hand side of the pitch. With Stevie G, Bellers, and Kuyt all getting up there in age he could provide some fresh legs and help track back to help out our stellar back line. He is very versitile and is a very viable attacking threat. I think the pass and move system is right up his alley.

Verdict

Isla's agent has recently expressed LFC interest, also I understand that Inter are tracking Isla. I think he could be an immediate contributor out wide on the right as this seems to be our weak side. I think he could immediately succeed Dirk on playing the right wing. I also think he could mesh well with the other South Americans on the LFC roster. What are your thoughts on Isla? How do you think he would fit into the squad? At what price would you find acceptable?