31 Jul 2016

'Offer in 24-Hours': Liverpool very 'close' to signing 'insanely good' international for '£22.5m'

In May, FC Koln star Jonas Hector confirmed that he'd definitely 'think about' a move to Liverpool this summer, and with the Reds desperate for a new left-book, it looks like Jurgen Klopp is close to signing the German international.

In mid-July, German newspaper Bild claimed:

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

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

Well, it looks like Koln have relented a little on the asking price. According to Gazetta Dello Sport journalist Emanuele Giulianelli:

"Jonas Hector...is close to joining Liverpool [for] £22.5m. Liverpool will submit their offer in the next 24 hours...and Hector is very keen to join the Reds, and to work with Jurgen Klopp".

Liverpool are crying out for a new left-back, but £22.5m is, once again, an inflated fee. That's par for the course these days, though, and after splurging £34m on Sadio Mane, (a 183% increase on the £12m Southampton paid two years ago) anything is possible.

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

A good replacement for Moreno?

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


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