The Clock Ticks for Liverpool
As the transfer window inches towards its conclusion, Liverpool’s quest for reinforcements remains a hot topic. While the Merseyside club has welcomed three new talents this summer, there’s a sense that something is still amiss. Piero Hincapie, the Bayer Leverkusen defender, emerges as a potential solution.
The Word from the Inside
Christian Falk, a respected voice in the football journalism community, shed some light on the situation in Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing. He highlighted that Liverpool’s sporting director, Jorg Schmadtke, is in active discussions with Leverkusen. Falk mentioned, “Several Premier League outfits have their eyes on Hincapie, and Liverpool might be in the mix.” However, he expressed scepticism about the deal’s feasibility, especially given Leverkusen’s reluctance to part ways with their star. A potential price tag hovering around €70m (£60m) further complicates matters. Falk believes Schmadtke is well aware of the financial implications.
Interestingly, Leverkusen’s interest in securing a loan for Luke Chambers adds another layer to the ongoing negotiations. While talks between Schmadtke and Leverkusen are confirmed, securing Hincapie might prove a bridge too far.
The Hincapie Conundrum
With a hefty £60m price tag, many would question the wisdom of Liverpool pursuing Hincapie. The 21-year-old’s valuation might seem steep, but recent developments could change the narrative. The injury to Ibrahima Konate has undoubtedly sent shockwaves through Anfield, making the prospect of Hincapie’s acquisition more enticing.
Ben Jacobs, another journalist in the fray, suggests that Hincapie might be available for a more reasonable £35m. While this might not align with Leverkusen’s expectations, Jacobs hints that Hincapie could push for a move if such an offer materialises.
With Konate’s return date uncertain and Hincapie reportedly eager to don the red jersey, Liverpool might be tempted to test the waters. Leverkusen’s stance remains the final hurdle. Over to you, Jorg.