15 Jul 2016

Transfer Breakthrough: Liverpool now free to sign 'insanely good' international for £25m. Overpriced?

In May, FC Koln star Jonas Hector confirmed that he'd definitely 'think about' a move to Liverpool this summer, but if the Reds want to sign the German defender, FSG will (once again) have to pay through the nose.

In June, Schalke Chief Jörg Schmadtke denied reports of an official Liverpool offer:

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

The Reds reportedly remain interested in Hector^, though, and according to German newspaper Bild this week:

* Liverpool and Spurs have been told to least £25m for Hector.

* Koln have increased the price in a bid to force Spurs and Liverpool to back off.

Liverpool are crying out for a new left-back, but £25m for Hector? It's a rip-off fee, but Liverpool routinely overpay for players, and after splurging £34m on Sadio Mane, (a 183% increase on the £12m Southampton paid two years ago) anything is possible.

Additionally, of all the fill-backs currently linked with Liverpool, Hector is arguably the most impressive option, so taking into account the desperate need for a new left-back (and the recent injuries to Sakho and Gomez) it'll be no surprise if the Reds panic-buy sign Hector for a vastly inflated price.

^ Described by Koln boss Peter Stoger as an 'insanely good' player.


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