£50m-plus fee sees second defender rejected by Liverpool as two top list

Date published: Wednesday 30th December 2020 10:04 - Jonny Whitfield

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Liverpool have shown interest in signing Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar but are unwilling to pay his asking price, according to a report.

Calciomercato reports that the Reds are ‘seriously thinking’ of signing a new centre-back in January.

Indeed, Jurgen Klopp‘s side currently have no senior fit centre-backs. After long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Joel Matip suffered injury in Sunday’s draw with West Brom.

Previous reports have suggested that there are a number of names on Liverpool’s transfer radar, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly among them.

Calciomercato adds that the Reds have also shown initial interest in Skriniar. However, Inter want €60million (£54million) for the Slovakia international, a price which Liverpool are unwilling to pay.

Indeed, the source says that, at this stage, such a price is an ‘unsurmountable obstacle’.

What’s more, Liverpool have also reportedly pondered moves for Upamecano and Koulibaly.

Despite noting that both players will prove costly acquisitions in January, the report does not state the level of Liverpool’s interest.



But the Anfield club have rejected a move for free agent centre-back Ezequiel Garay. The Argentine remains without a club after leaving Valencia in the summer.

As such, he could be on a number of other clubs’ radars as a solution at the back.

Two players remain on Liverpool’s radar

As for who Liverpool could target in the transfer market, Calciomercato says that two players remain on their radar.

They are Schalke’s Oban Kazak and rising Ajax star Perr Schurrs. The pair, 20 and 21 respectively, have become two of the most promising young defenders in Europe.

The former has been linked with Liverpool for a number of months, while Schurrs played against the Reds twice in the Champions League group stages earlier this season.

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