Liverpool’s Potential Big Move: Eyeing Joshua Kimmich
Transfer Rumors: Liverpool vs Manchester City for Kimmich
Liverpool could be set to challenge Manchester City in the summer for the signature of Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich, according to Christian Falk. The 28-year-old’s current contract at Bayern is set to expire in June 2025, meaning he could leave the club for a cheaper price this summer.
With Thiago Alcantara linked with a summer move away from Liverpool, Kimmich could be the perfect replacement for the Spaniard. The Reds have been linked with a move for Kimmich for a few years now, but Falk believes that this summer could the right time for both parties.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) January 24, 2024
Profile of Joshua Kimmich
A bit more about Kimmich… Kimmich moved to Bayern Munich back in 2015, in a £8million move from Vfb Stuttgart. Despite originally being deployed as a right-back for club and country, he has since gone on to become one of the best midfielders in the world.
With 82 caps for his country and 369 appearances for Bayern, there’s very few players available on the market with as much experience as Kimmich. In terms of winning titles, Kimmich is also one of the best there is with eight Bundesliga titles, six German Super Cups, three German Cups and a UEFA Champions League title to his name.
Kimmich in Klopp’s System
How would he fit into Klopp’s plans? Kimmich perfectly fits the new mould of defensive midfielder that Klopp seems to prefer. He’s very similar to both Alexis Mac Allister and Wataru Endo in terms of his ability to read the game brilliantly and play line-breaking passes.
He’s completely different to the style of player that Fabinho was for Liverpool, in terms of his tall and physical stature. Despite Wataru Endo’s brilliant performances for the Reds, he’s still very unlikely to be a long-term solution to Klopp’s midfield.
Transfer Strategy and Price
Signing Kimmich would also add more rotational options in the eight positions, where Mac Allister could rotate between the two roles. A transfer fee of around £45million is expected to be enough to secure Kimmich’s signature in the summer window, but Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be keen on a reunion with his former player.
Potential negatives… One potential negative of this deal would be Kimmich’s age profile, with him turning 29-years-old in February.
Liverpool’s Transfer Strategy
It’s hard to see Liverpool breaking their transfer strategy by spending upwards of £45million on a 29-year-old, just to be left in the same dilemma just 2-3 years later. However, whilst I agree this is a solid point, how can Liverpool expect short-term success if every decision is tailored to a long-term goal?
I had the same point of view regarding Liverpool’s reported interest in Joao Palhinha, although that move would’ve potentially been slightly more expensive.
Price and Value Considerations
Kimmich: Yes or No? Ultimately, if the price is right then Liverpool should be all over this move, in my opinion.
However, anything over £50million and I think there could be better value elsewhere in the market. It’s also worth arguing that Kimmich would provide a more versatile defensive support to the back line, which could contribute to maximising Trent Alexander-Arnold’s potential.