Interest confirmed as Liverpool eye bid for shock Mignolet replacement

Simon Mignolet TEAMtalk

Liverpool are reportedly preparing for life after Simon Mignolet and have already identified his replacement. 

The Belgian goalkeeper has played second fiddle to Alisson all season and looks set to leave, with his agent apparently informing clubs that he’s available for a fee of around £4.5million.

Should he leave, Liverpool will be looking for a new backup keeper, and have apparently identified Ugurcan Cakir as the ideal candidate.

The Turkish shot-stopper, 23, has impressed for Trabzonspor this season and has recently earned a call-up to the Turkish national team.

According to his agent, Erdi Kirkpinar, his good form has attracted interest from major European clubs, including Liverpool. Speaking to Turkish publication Ajansspor, he said: “Every team have scouts and some of them are following Ugurcan’s matches. Schalke haven’t made an official offer for him.

“I know Lille and Schalke are following him. Liverpool are also interested in him. Liverpool officials have talked with us, we had some contacts, but no official offer has come from them.”

Cakir is under contract at Trabzonspor until June 2021, but clearly could be leaving much sooner.