For those who only follow the Premier League, the idea of Iago Aspas playing for Real Madrid is the stuff of Salvador Dali’s nightmares.
The 31-year-old failed to find the net in 14 games for Liverpool in 2013/14.
His time at Anfield is best summed up by this corner…
Since then however, Aspas has returned to Celta Vigo (via Sevilla) and rediscovered the form that convinced Brendan Rodgers to sign him.
In 127 games for Celta (second spell), he has scored 67 goals.
He finished last season with 22 league goals, the most of any Spanish player in La Liga, with only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez besting his tally.
If El Chiringuito are to be believed, Real Madrid may trigger Aspas’ €40million release clause before the transfer window shuts in Spian.
Los Blancos were linked with moves for Robert Lewandowski and Rodrigo but at this stage it appears a relatively affordable option may take preference.
The transfer would be the pinnacle of a remarkable redemption.
Liverpool’s Aspas became a laughing stock but 55 league goals in the last three seasons has seen his profile skyrocket.
His style is somewhat South American — a low centre of gravity and powerful legs allow him to hassle defenders and wriggle through gaps.
His year sharing a training ground with Luis Suarez is apparent.
Aspas has a habit of shooting before the keeper is set — a trick which has worked wonders for Harry Kane in recent years.
Paco Herrera, who managed Aspas in his first spell with Celta, called him ‘part Messi, part monster’ and it’s the latter comparison Real will hope to unleash if a deal is arranged.
Aspas’ brand of shithousery is particularly effective in unsettling usually composed centre-backs, something that would complement the grace and poise of Isco, Luka Modric and co.
Many strikers are content operating within the width of the posts and allow themselves to be marked closely.
Not Aspas; Celta’s bullish goalscorer drags men out of their comfort zone and is always looking for a ball in behind one of the full-backs.
His transformation from Anfield laughing stock to potential Galactico has to commended.
The corner will forever follow him, but with each week it fades further into the distance.