In recent developments, Liverpool are said to be linked with a move for Inter Milan‘s Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window. The centre-back is also linked with Tottenham Hotspur, with Jose Mourinho keen on signing a new defender.
The Reds’ centre-back woes are well-known by now, and manger Jurgen Klopp will be looking at options to choose from in January. ESPN reports that Liverpool could be interested in the Slovakian defender to fill the void in the team left by Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
Milan Skriniar has missed half the games this season due to testing positive for Covid-19. When the Slovakian has been available for selection, manager Antonio Conte has been reluctant to start him. The centre-back’s mind may already be focused on leaving San Siro, despite Slovakian teammate and ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel advising him against it.
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Jose Mourinho held lengthy negotiations with Skriniar’s representatives in September, but a move did not materialize. The Serie A side did not budge from their £54 million valuation of the defender, and so Spurs had to settle with signing defender Joe Rodon from Swansea.
Despite Mourinho’s interest, it is unlikely that Spurs will submit an official bid in January. The London-based club would have to trim their current squad in order to buy such an expensive player. With Spurs out of the picture, Liverpool may swoop in for the 25-year-old centre-back when the window opens.
Despite a net-spend of £60 million in the summer, Spurs may inquire about Skriniar’s services in the next two transfer windows. If the transfer fee drops, Mourinho may well get the chance to finally sign Jan Vertonghen’s replacement.
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Liverpool’s injury problems will force them into the market in January. The Reds’ presence in the transfer market may fuel a bidding war, something Spurs are not prepared for. As compared to Tottenham, Liverpool have the funds and reasons to get such a move across the line. The Merseyside giants are also yet to replace Dejan Lovren, who was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer.
The Reds will be gunning for back-to-back Premier League titles and their seventh UEFA Champions League crown this season. For that, Klopp will be aware of the need to have ample cover at the back. While the Reds have Joel Matip fit again, his injury record coupled with Joe Gomez’s erratic form may well push Klopp in the direction of signing a seasoned centre-back such as Skriniar.
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