So much for Liverpool that want a straightforward transfer window. but closer to the deadline The more crazier and unbelievable the movement became.
And it’s all because of the gap in defensive midfield in Jürgen Klopp’s squad that grows wider and deeper with each passing minute.
News the Reds have shown an interest in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. There shouldn’t have been too many surprises in the breakup. They have long admired the 21-year-old. and because of the desperate need for reinforcement in a familiar position It would be weird if they didn’t talk at all.
But it came just hours after a stunning turnaround in Southampton’s long pursuit of Romeo Lavia. Causing even the most ordinary-looking observer to be caught off guard.
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Are Liverpool ready to cram Chelsea over Caicedo in response to the Londoners doing the same for Lavia?
As is often the case with exchange trading and window mechanics. This may again be a matter of smoke and mirrors. The game is ongoing.
Liverpool know more than most about the dangers of taking their time to finalize a deal. It has demonstrated their past ability to beat other hesitant suitors to execute swift and decisive transfers.
Luis Diaz’s January 2022 signing is perhaps the best example. The Reds presented some expected transfers over the summer. When it became clear that Tottenham Hotspurs are chasing the Colombian national team star. and at the beginning of this year While the news linking with Manchester United is more buzz than anything. But it was still enough for Liverpool to step up their interest in Kodi Kakpo and reach a deal with PSV Eindhoven.
Even now, as their pursuit of Lavia came to an end, The Reds let themselves be left empty-handed.
At least that is if Chelsea’s move for the 19-year-old Belgium international is on face value. The Stamford Bridge side also proved to be light-handed in opportunistic buys when cutting ahead of Arsenal to snap up Mykhailo Mudryk in January. And in terms of finances. They have the resources – Financial Fair Play issues – to drown Liverpool and almost every other club with a tempting bid for any player.
Which is why there is so much interest in the fact that they did not immediately get Southampton’s long-standing bid. The Saints are delighted to let each Liverpool bid fail to pass a player’s valuation. So what do Londoners get from making an offer that appears to do the same? Do Chelsea agree with Liverpool that Lavia isn’t valued that high?
Caicedo has inadvertently become the central figure in all of this. The Ecuador international has long been a main target in Chelsea’s midfield. by Mauricio’s side Pochettino disappointed at Brighton’s continued rejection of bids The most recent was at £80m, although reports on Wednesday suggested a development could be imminent. But that hasn’t stopped Chelsea’s bid for Lavia. or a £20 million release clause for Tyler. Adams at Leeds United it seemed unrealistic that they would buy all three players. From a purely football perspective
Of course, all of this would have been irrelevant if Liverpool hadn’t fired Lavia in full, although their constant trade-offs over the fee would be commonplace. But it usually doesn’t happen in the public domain.
Although Chelsea were able to sign Caicedo and Lavia. But Liverpool is not that luxury. Their financial constraints under Fenway Sports Group compared to many of the top Premier League teams are well documented. Failing to qualify for the Champions League last season didn’t help.
The Reds are therefore investing heavily in resources and at least £50m for a teenager with just one season of Premier League football under his belt is a huge expense. Especially seeing their business-as-usual approach having bought Alexis Mac Allister and Dominic Zhoboslai for a combined £95m earlier in the season. hot Few believe Liverpool have overpaid for their midfield duo.
But the necessity And earlier, Klopp confidently stated at least one new signing before the start of the season. They now face the prospect of meeting Chelsea on Sunday without a proven defensive midfielder.
Stefan Bajcetic’s situation makes things tricky: if the 18-year-old is fit, sending him to the No.6 at Stamford Bridge would be more comfortable. because he knew that Liverpool had time left to move the team to pull someone to share the burden with the youngster .
Fluminense’s Brazil international Andre is one such player and will be much cheaper than Lavia or Caicedo, but unlikely until January at the earliest. And with Bajcetic only returning to full training last weekend after five months off, he hasn’t been able to get up to speed for several weeks. Liverpool need a realistic immediate solution to an issue that could have long-term consequences as well. by narrowing potential target groups immediately
While the Reds’ interest in Caicedo is undoubtedly genuine – and suggest the money is available to players they deemed to have a valid valuation – following up with the only tangible offer at to suspend the suspicion that their initial method is just a spoof in Retaliate against Chelsea in Monlavia The smart money still belongs to the Southampton teenager who ends up at Anfield while Caicedo heads to west London.
Note that the latter’s agent had informed people late last year that he was interested in a move to Liverpool. It shows that while Chelsea have put in the work and are clear favorites for his signature. Players will also welcome promotion to the Premier League. League ladder regardless of destination
The last 24 hours have been a reminder of how the transfer market landscape can change significantly in such a short period of time, however, what has not changed is that Liverpool cannot end the market without new defensive midfielders. less than one person It’s unclear who it will be now.
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