31 May 2016

Done Deal: Club agrees transfer for 'exceptional' €19m powerhouse admired by Klopp. Liverpool loss?

Over the last month, Liverpool have been regularly linked with a move for 'exceptional' German international Antonio Rudiger, but a statement today from his loan club Roma confirms that the defender is staying in Serie A.

Last week, German TV channel Sport 1 claimed:

"Liverpool are preparing a €19m offer for Antonio Rüdiger. Klopp has admired [him] since his time in the Bundesliga, and would love to lure him to Anfield".

From 2008-2011, Rudiger spent three years in Borussia Dortmund's youth system, but Liverpool's alleged offer is now irrelevant, as Roma today confirmed:

"Roma have exercised their option to buy Antonio Rudiger and have thus signed the 23-year-old on a permanent basis".

Reading between the lines, the confluence of events is interesting:

* Heavy links to Rudiger, with the Reds allegedly set to make an offer.

* Sakho is suddenly cleared by UEFA to resume playing, and the threat of a long-term ban is lifted.

* Days later, Rudiger signs a permanent deal with Roma.

Of course, it could just be coincidence :-)

Clearly, it wasn't meant to be, but it's probably for the best. With no European football next season, the team (arguably) cannot support four international centre-backs, so signing yet another one makes little sense.


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