Aston Villa look well placed to sign Joe Gomez this summer with one observer explaining why the defender is willing to quit Liverpool this summer.
The Midlanders have big plans under the leadership of Steven Gerrard and are reportedly looking to make their mark this summer. Backed by the millions of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, Villa are looking to push into the upper echelons of the Premier League.
And in Gerrard, they hope Villa will have added appeal when it comes to prospective new transfer signings.
And their first deal of the summer has already been confirmed in Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian moved to Villa Park on an initial loan deal from Barcelona; now a permanent agreement has been reached with Barcelona.
However, Gerrard is not resting on is laurels and next wants to bring in a new defender. Villa currently have Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa as first-choice centre-halves with Calum Chambers and Kortney Hause in reserve.
And in looking to add more quality, Villa are strongly being linked with a move for Gomez.
The England defender, once the first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk, is fourth now in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.
As such, a report claims Gerrard and Co are preparing a sizeable offer to test Liverpool’s resolve.
Now pundit Noel Whelan has revealed exactly why he thinks Gomez will be on the move to Villa this summer.
Transfer on the cards
“I think the fact that Steven Gerrard’s dipping into his old club is one thing. He obviously likes the player, Whelan told Football Insider.
“I think he’s a very good player, quite frankly. You’ve got Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate ahead of you. He’s now fourth in the pecking order when it comes to centre-halves.
“There might be a discussion between the player and manager. If there is a possibility, I think Jurgen Klopp’s a fair man. I think he’ll be very honest with Joe Gomez regarding his future, regarding game time next season.
“They’ve got cover for the right-back areas as well. That’s been covered at left-back and right-back.
“It’s only that central defence area he’s got an opportunity to play. I think it’s one thing, the fact that Steven Gerrard’s interested. There could be a possible deal on the cards there come the end of the season.”
Gomez has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season. However, the 24-year-old only has three Premier League starts to his name in 2021/22.
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Gomez can consider himself lucky to find himself on the periphery of Klopp’s plans.
Once the preferred partner for Van Dijk, the knee injury he sustained last year on England duty has seriously impacted his career. Having battled for several months to recover, he saw Joel Matip overtake him in the pecking order. And to add salt into the wounds, Liverpool also brought in Konate for a £36m fee.
With a World Cup just months, Gomez will regular football to have any chance of making Gareth Southgate’s squad.
And it seems the only way he can get that game-time he craves is by securing a move away.
It’ll be a hard-luck case for Gomez though as far as his Liverpool career goes.
And while an unusual practice, the Reds would be wise to secure a buy-back arrangement in his transfer away.
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As good as Van Dijk and Matip have been this season, the pair will both be 31 by the time the 2022/23 season rolls around.
And while Liverpool won’t ever want to imagine life without either, there will come a time when they will need to consider their replacements.
And with a buy-back clause in Gomez’s sale, that would certainly prove a shrewd move for Liverpool to consider.