Liverpool Sets Eyes on Leverkusen’s Star Defender
After rebooting their midfield Liverpool’s transfer activity has recently started swinging around their quest for a fresh defensive talent, particularly one on the left side of the defence. Among the many promising talents across Europe, Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie seems to have captured the Merseyside club’s attention.
Hincapie in Demand
Anfield’s giants are not the only ones courting this talented youngster. Fussball Transfers has highlighted Liverpool’s involvement in the tussle to acquire the services of Hincapie from Leverkusen. The admiration for the Ecuadorian within the corridors of Anfield is palpable, placing him firmly on their list.
Yet, their pursuit of Hincapie won’t be without hurdles. West Ham is already believed to have initiated talks with Leverkusen regarding a potential move. Furthermore, a few unnamed Premier League adversaries have also expressed their interest in the young centre-back. Interestingly, RB Leipzig’s previous interest has waned, especially after roping in Castello Lukeba from Lyon.
While Leverkusen would have wished for a solid pre-season performance from Hincapie, a metatarsal injury has kept him on the sidelines, with a return expected only in September. Despite this setback, whispers in the market indicate that Leverkusen might still sanction his move in the concluding weeks of the transfer window.
Keep an eye on Piero Hincapié.
Despite signing a new contract at Leverkusen until 2027, he is open to a Premier League move.
No offers yet, but understand he’s been discussed with at least two Premier League clubs.👀 pic.twitter.com/Jx9rs2leph
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 16, 2023
Why Liverpool Want Hincapie
Liverpool’s search for a defensive stalwart could potentially end with Hincapie. Labelled as “hard as nails” by Fussball Transfers, the Ecuadorian is indeed a tantalising prospect with a future glistening with potential.
What makes Hincapie stand out for Liverpool is his left foot – a trait they have been reportedly keen on, especially when scouting for someone who could eventually fill the massive boots of Virgil van Dijk. In a surprising stat sourced from squawka.com’s ‘Comparison Matrix’, Hincapie, formerly of Independiente del Valle, recorded more successful tackles than the revered Reds captain during the last campaign. This stat might just be the tip of the iceberg, but it surely sets him apart.
However, every rose has its thorn. A point of contention for Liverpool might be Hincapie’s representation. His agents are the same individuals responsible for Moises Caicedo, and after certain unpleasant experiences, Liverpool may remain cautious. It would be unfortunate if this relationship hampers the move, especially considering how well Hincapie aligns with Liverpool’s requirements.
To conclude, Liverpool’s defensive hunt seems more fascinating with each passing day, and with a talent like Hincapie on their radar, fans can surely expect some enthralling transfer sagas before the window shuts.