6 Jul 2016

Transfer Update: Klopp wants 'insanely good' €30m international who's interested in Liverpool move

Last month, 'excellent' FC Koln star Jonas Hector confirmed that he'd definitely 'think about' a move to Liverpool this summer, and new reports over the weekend suggest that the Reds are still intent on signing the Hector this summer.

According to German newspaper Express:

* Liverpool and Wolfsburg remain 'interested' in signing Hector this summer.

* Spurs have emerged as another potential destination, with the London club tracking Hector during Euro 2016.

Some info about Hector, who, according to Stoger, is an 'insanely good' player:

* 25-year old left back. Current contract expires: June 2018. Missed only five games through injury for his entire career.

* 10 goals/assists in 124 games for Koln. First Koln player to make the national team since Lukas Podolski.

* 2013-14: Rated the 2nd best defender in the Bundesliga by Kicker magazine.

* Nov 2014: Podolski' reaction to Hector's international call-up: “Hector is an excellent player and I think he will get better in the future".

* Jan 2016: Came third in Germany's 'Player of the Year' awards (behind Mesut Ozil, and Thomas Muller).

One thing's for sure: Hector won't be cheap, and Schalke Chief Jörg Schmadtke has already confirmed that Liverpool will have to pay through the nose to secure a deal:

"There is no offer from Liverpool. The rumoured fee [€15m] speaks for itself, so it can't be legitimate. If someone comes up with double [€30m], I might answer the phone".

LFC desperately needs a new left-back, and €30m seems expensive, but:

* Hector will cost significantly less than the ridiculous £30m fee paid out by Man Utd paid for 18-year old Luke Shaw.

* He is an experienced international who is proving himself at the highest level (at the Euros).

* Hector is arguably an upgrade on any of the club's current left-backs, and he's clearly a preferable option to Ben Chilwell, who has only 3 senior games to his name.

Unfortunately, if Germany win Euro 2016, Hector will inevitably be targeted by other top clubs, and those with Champions League football will be a more attractive proposition that Liverpool.

Perhaps Jurgen Klopp's fabled pull in the transfer market will finally come into play with this particular deal...?


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