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Liverpool’s Search for a Centre-Back: Top Candidates to Reinforce the Reds’ Defence
Liverpool’s summer transfer window plans aren’t limited to midfield reinforcements; the club is also in need of a new centre-back as Joel Matip is likely to depart. With Joe Gomez experiencing a challenging season, Jurgen Klopp’s team may require an additional defender. Neil Jones of GOAL.com has profiled some potential candidates that Liverpool might target.
The Croatian centre-back has impressed for RB Leipzig, drawing interest from top clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea. Valued at around €90 million (£78m/$99m), Gvardiol has experience as a left-sided centre-back and left-back.
On loan at Brighton from Chelsea, 20-year-old Colwill has caught the attention of Liverpool. Although Chelsea is unlikely to sell, if Colwill seeks playing time assurances that don’t materialise, a summer move may be possible.
The 19-year-old Benfica centre-back has been exceptional this season, suggesting he could thrive in the Premier League. However, Liverpool would need to prepare for another tough negotiation with Benfica, as Silva won’t come cheap.
The 21-year-old Ajax defender has been linked to Liverpool and boasts extensive senior experience. With a rumoured asking price of around £35m ($44m), Timber could be a cost-effective option for the Reds.
With over 100 games for Sporting CP, the 21-year-old Portuguese centre-back is on the radar of top clubs like Newcastle and Manchester United. Inacio is rumoured to be valued at around £40m ($51m).
A standout in Napoli’s Serie A title-winning campaign, the 26-year-old South Korean centre-back could be available for around £42m ($53m) due to a release clause in his contract.
The 27-year-old Moroccan international has been impressive for West Ham and could be an interesting option for Liverpool. However, his price tag is likely to be higher than the £30m ($38m) paid by West Ham.
The former Chelsea player has been consistently strong for Crystal Palace and has recently been linked with Arsenal. At 22 years old, Guehi has already earned three caps for England.
The 20-year-old spent the season on loan at PSV and has caught Liverpool’s attention. However, a move from Everton to Liverpool is uncommon, and the Toffees are expected to want to keep the promising centre-back.