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Liverpool are reportedly keeping abreast of developments and could still make a late move to sign a talented Toulouse defender, according to a respected French journalist.
Reds Coach Jurgen Klopp has faced numerous calls to add to his exhausted back line with a new defender. In fact, all three senior center half options are on the sidelines due to injuries.
But the calls have gotten louder due to the fact that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long-term absent. As such, midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson played as a pair in Monday’s defeat at Southampton.
Klopp addressed the situation on Thursday. and suggested that the hands of the new recruits would be tied.
“I cannot say definitively that we will not bring anyone in, it is just not likely due to the situation in the world.” manager he told reporters at his press conference.
“That is why we must not forget that the situation is difficult for everyone and for football clubs.
“There may be some clubs without financial problems but with these owners. This club has always been and will always be responsible for the things we do ”.
Now, reports from France claim the Reds might be ready to make a late play for Toulouse center midfielder Mohamed Simakan.
The 20-year-old has been the subject of great interest this month. Both AC Milan and RB Leipzig are looking to sign the France U20 cap.
Reports in Italy indicate that an initial offer of 15 million euros from Milan appears poised to win the race for his signing.
However, the Telefoot reporter Julian Maynard claims Liverpool are aware of the situation. He writes that the player will soon have to make a decision about his future. However, he adds that Liverpool are “keeping abreast of the situation” and “should make an offer quickly.”
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It remains to be seen if Liverpool will make their move. But a concrete offer from the Reds would make Simakan think seriously.
It is not the first time that Simakan has been linked to a move to the Premier League. Chelsea, Everton and Wolves have been promoted as suitors in the last month.
Klopp admits finances are tight
While a potential £ 18 million outlay for Simakan wouldn’t break the bank, any new signing must pass a strict control of sporting director Michael Edwards.
Klopp also previously suggested that, without the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool “definitely” would have sought to address its concerns.
“If all was well, we won the league, the Champions League and the club is in the best situation, and then you have three senior central halves all injured. Is that a situation where you would normally do something? Yes. Definitely, ”he said.
“But we are not in that situation so I don’t know if something is going to happen.
“Maybe you can do something but not a short-term solution because that is not correct. It doesn’t help. So we have to deal with the situation as we have handled it so far. “
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