Liverpool proceeded with Adrian signing after seeing €18m offer for rival rejected

Date published: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 12:46

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Liverpool made an offer for a goalkeeper last summer, but saw their €18m bid, plus bonuses rejected, according to a Turkish journalist.

The man in question was Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.

Turkish journalist Ugur Karakullukcu via Turkish-Football reports that Jurgen Klopp made an official offer for Cakir before the start of the season.

The 23-year-old was believed to be a target in January with Turkish paper Karadeniz Gazetesi claiming the Reds offered €10m, plus infamous flop Loris Karius, with the hope of getting a deal done.

However, it now appears Klopp’s interest in the two-cap Turkey stopper was present last summer with Karakullukcu telling Turkish YouTube channel Vole that Liverpool’s offer was worth €18m.

“One of the players Liverpool wanted at the start of the season was Ugurcan Cakir. They offered €18m plus bonuses for him.

“I learned about this information when I was at Trabzon. Their first choice was Cakir but Trabzonspor rejected the offer, so they went to sign Adrian,” said Karakullukcu.

Cakir is highly rated and Turkish-Football claim his “fantastic form” this season in Super Lig has been one of the major factors in Trabzonspor’s place in the title race.

Sheffield United have also bid for Cakir with Fotospor reporting that the Blades have seen a €13m bid rejected as they look for an alternative to Dean Henderson.

Turkish-Football reported that Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was in Turkey last month and watched the Intercontinental derby between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.




Manchester United were expected to send a club official to Turkey for Trabzonspor striker Alexander Sorloth and Cakir last month, according to Fotomac.

United are among seven clubs who requested accreditation for their scouting teams and club officials to attend the Trabzonspor clash against Rizespor.

Everton and Southampton have also been mentioned as potential suitors for the player, who is under contract until 2024.

Cakir, who has conceded 24 goals in 22 Super Lig games this term, is rated in the €30m bracket, according to Turkish-Football, but they claim Trabzonpsor  would consider all offers above €20m.

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