It is being widely reported that Jurgen Klopp is closing in on signing two established German internationals in the latest batch of Liverpool-related transfer gossip.
Whilst Klopp has had an up and down first season at Liverpool, this summer he will have a chance to imprint his trademark on the team with his own signings. That could start with some former players.. here’s the latest gossip.
Mario Gotze wants £20million summer switch to Anfield (Daily Express). Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in a £40million deal, Gotze has struggled to develop and with just one year remaining on his current contract, he is widely expected to leave this summer. Former manager Klopp is interested and reports suggest that the player would love a reunion. This would be some coup for the club and highlight the benefits of installing a manager of Klopp’s calibre – pulling power cannot be underestimated. Whilst the Express are not the most reliable source, this story does appear to have legs, with widespread media suggesting a deal is in the pipeline. Gotze’s discomfort combined with Klopp’s desire for German talent add up to make this appear a realistic summer deal.
Klopp also wants to sign £12million German left-back Jonas Hector (Daily Mirror). Jonas Hector’s rise has been meteoric over the last two years and he has now established himself as Germany’s first choice left back. Despite managing to become the leading left back for his country, Hector remains at lowly FC Koln and the chance to join Liverpool may be too hard to turn down for the defender. Statistics highlight that his overall performance appears to be a lot better than Moreno’s, whilst in attacking areas he excels over the likes of Nacho Monreal and Cesar Azpilicueta. This is illustrated by his 1.09 successful take ons and 0.13 assists per 90 minutes. He also wins 65% of his aerial duels, more than Aaron Creswell, Moreno, Monreal and Azpilicueta – showing that he can be just as effective defensively.
Albert Moreno to sold to make way (Various). With Hector and Jetro Willems targets at left back, Moreno could be the man to leave. The Spaniard has failed to show enough of a balance between attacking qualities and defensive solidarity – often leaving his side exposed down the left-hand side.
Lucas Moura pours cold water on Liverpool rumours (Liverpool Echo). Lucas Moura has pretty much ended all speculation regarding his future by confirming that he would like to stay with PSG in the French capital. Moura told the French media: “My dream is to continue my career here, win a lot of titles and then return to Sao Paulo. “That’s my goal.” Liverpool had been linked with the Brazilian, as they look to add another to their growing contingent. Alongside Roberto Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho, the chemistry and flair would be flowing in Liverpool’s attack. Perhaps the likely arrival of Gotze means Moura is no longer needed, though.