Klopp ‘open to shock U-turn’ with Liverpool ‘keen’ to sign £60m star or ‘exceptional’ alternative
Liverpool are reportedly “keen” to sign a new midfielder this month and two targets have been picked out ahead of their summer pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
It is well known that Liverpool are in the market for new midfielders this month as that area of the pitch is their weak point.
They will likely wait until the summer to add to their squad after they have already spent up to £44m to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
However, TEAMtalk transfer expert Graeme Bailey is reporting that the. Reds are “keen to bring someone in” this month.
They are naturally being linked with several midfielders and Bailey has picked out Sofyan Amrabat and Moises Caicedo as potential additions.
Amrabat was touted as a potential addition as he shone for Morocco at the World Cup but not much has been said about a move to Liverpool in recent weeks.
Caicedo meanwhile has made a huge impact for Brighton and the 21-year-old performed well for Ecuador at the World Cup.
Bailey confirms that Jurgen Klopp is a “huge fan” of Amrabat but the Reds also have “interest” in Caicedo.
“There’s no getting away from the fact that Liverpool needs to sort their midfield out, and they know it,” Bailey told TEAMtalk.
“In terms of this month they have been keen to bring someone in, and Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat is a player that Klopp is a huge fan of.
“His performance at the World Cup finals was exceptional, but that has meant that his value is firm and Fiorentina don’t look like they will be persuaded into a loan deal with options – something which they were willing to do last year.
“There is also someone like Moises Caicedo, the Brighton star. He has a lot of Premier League interest and Liverpool are one of those.
“However, to land him this January is going to be very tough. Brighton will be asking at least £50m, but I believe over £60m”
Although it is expected that Jude Bellingham will cost roughly £130 million, Liverpool would want to acquire him from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
They will also compete against teams like Man City and Real Madrid. A deal for Bellingham, says Bailey, is “far from” being completed.
“The elephant in the room whenever you talk Liverpool and midfielders if you like, is obviously Jude Bellingham,” he added.
“We know they love, we know they want him – but we also know that a deal is not done yet. Far from it!
“And whilst there is confidence at Anfield that they could land him, they also know the player has options with Real Madrid and Manchester City also desperate to secure his signature. It’s also not a guarantee that he will actually leave [Dortmund] this year.”