Liverpool are reportedly ready to make an offer for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, valued at € 25million this summer.
The reds watched the Turkey international for quite some time and are now ready to make a concrete offer to get their man. Cakir is on their radar to offer tougher competition to No.1 Alisson, who hasn’t always covered himself with glory in a tough campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Turkish release Fanatic says Trabzonspor wants a royalty in the order of 25 million euros for Cakir, who has also been linked with Borussia Dortmund. They are also prepared to wait until after Euro 2020 as they believe its value will increase during the tournament.
Of From Liverpool point of view, it makes sense to strike a deal before that date. This way, more funds should be put in place to strengthen other areas of the team.
The report does not say whether the Reds are ready to match Trabzonspor’s valuation. Indeed, 25 million euros seem high for an alternate goalkeeper.
There is also the question of whether the 25-year-old would be ready to make the move, knowing he would start on the bench.
Veteran stopper Adrian and young Irishman Caoimhin Kelleher are current alternatives to Alisson.
However, the first has already hinted that he would prefer a return to Spain this summer. To that end, Klopp is highly unlikely to want an inexperienced 22-year-old as a full-time No.2.
Considering the potential expense involved, a move for Cakir seems a bit difficult for the Reds, with other positions on the squad in need of a bigger upgrade.
Gini Wijnaldum seems certain to move on, while there are lingering doubts about the future of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
With that in mind, Liverpool are more likely to focus their attention on making sure Klopp’s midfielder and attacking options are better stocked for next season – rather than adding a reserve keeper to ‘experience.
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Liverpool look to Sociedad winger
Meanwhile, Liverpool are lining up Mikel Oyarzabal as a potential attacking reinforcement if he misses Champions League qualification, according to a report in Spain.
After winning the Premier League title last season, the current campaign has been a fall from grace for Liverpool. Several factors contributed to their plight. They could still reach the top four but have long been out of the race to hold onto their crown.
As it stands, they’re seven points off the top four with five games to go. It seems unlikely that they could even enter this territory.
Therefore, a number of their top players may be looking to their future. Figures like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have regularly been associated with moves to other European powers.
Either would be difficult to replace, so Liverpool have been linked with many big names. Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho were mentioned, for example.
But according to Don Balon, the Reds are unlikely to convince either without Champions League football on offer. Therefore, they must think outside the box.
New challenge for Oyarzabal
Spanish media claim that one name on its radar is Real Sociedad Oyarzabal winger.
The 24-year-old has spent his entire professional career at La Real. However, it might soon be time for him to test himself elsewhere.
Liverpool are aware of his abilities and see him as the “next David Silva”. However, he could play a more advanced role than the former Manchester City star whom he currently calls a teammate.
There is apparently a belief within Anfield’s hierarchy that Oyarzabal could increase his score in the Premier League. He has managed 10 goals and seven assists in 29 La Liga appearances this season. He also recently scored the decisive penalty that helped La Real win the delayed 2019-20 Copa Del Rey final. But Jurgen Klopp thinks he could get more out of him.
Anxious to prove it, Liverpool are said to be ready to sanction an offer of 50 million euros for the Spain international. These funds were set aside in case Salah or Mane were sold and represented an immediate reinvestment.
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