According to reports in Spain, it looks like Liverpool may be making a move for Real Socieded defender Diego Llorente this summer.
Baque media outlet Noticias de Gipuzkoa claims that the Reds are interested in signing the player after the his recent performance caught the eye of the club’s scouts.
Liverpool are now allegedly prepared to pull the trigger, and are weighing up a €30 million (£25.9 million) summer bid for his services.
Their interest is attributed to his impressive displays in the Basque side’s back-line, having recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out for much of the tail-end of 2018.
#lfc have been scouting 25yo #sociedad CB Diego Llorente and are tipped to make a 30m euros summer move for the Spain international https://t.co/BvHgzVmUpq
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) March 7, 2019
The player is said to have a €50 million (£43.1 million) release clause, but since the La Liga side only paid €7m (£6 million) to sign him from Real Madrid in 2017, it’s expected that a deal for a substantial fee would be agreed.
Llorente is being lined up as a potential replacement for Joël Matip. but the Spaniard can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder – something that will surely appeal to Jürgen Klopp.