Liverpool joined by three Prem sides in scouting mission for Turkey star

Date published: Friday 26th March 2021 6:00 - Samuel Bannister

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Liverpool are among a number of Premier League teams planning to scout Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to reports.

Cakir has been on Liverpool’s radar for a long time. His agent mentioned that the Reds were interested back in May 2019, as they were looking to replace Simon Mignolet as Alisson’s deputy. Ultimately, they signed Adrian instead.

However, the Spaniard’s future is now in doubt and it seems he will be leaving this summer. His contract expires at the end of the season and he is already forming plans to return to his native country.

Liverpool will not be looking for a new first-choice goalkeeper, as it would be almost impossible to dislodge Alisson Becker. However, they need to ensure he has a reliable backup.

Caoimhin Kelleher has played a few times in Alisson’s absence this season. But it seems the club will be searching for someone other than the 22-year-old to fulfil the role.

According to Asist Analiz, that man could be Cakir. The 24-year-old remains an option for Liverpool and the conditions could finally be in place for a move.

The report claims that Liverpool will send scouts to watch him playing for Turkey against Norway at the weekend. He already caught the eye for his country in their win over the Netherlands this week.

Only Cakir knows if he would be willing to play a reduced role, but the chance to move from Trabzonspor to Liverpool could be tempting either way.

Anfield is not the only potential destination, though. It is added that Chelsea, West Brom and Brighton also want to see Cakir in action.

Chelsea have also been mulling over their options in goal in recent months. After Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to impress, they signed Edouard Mendy last summer.

Kepa remains in the role of number two, while Mendy has done well in his debut Premier League season. However, the Blues continue to be linked with new goalkeepers.

Like Liverpool, they have been linked with Cakir for some time.

West Brom, meanwhile, have enjoyed having the services of Sam Johnstone in goal this season. But if they are relegated as expected, there will be no shortage of interest in the England man.

And Brighton allowed Mat Ryan to join Arsenal on loan in January without signing a replacement. Roberto Sanchez remains their first choice but they will have some thinking to do in the summer.

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However Cakir performs against Norway could affect his chances of a Premier League move. Even though he is still under contract with Trabzonspor until 2024, it could be the right time for him to try a new challenge.

Liverpool revive pursuit of 2018 target

Cakir is not the only long-term Liverpool target being linked with a move to Anfield.

Reports elsewhere indicate that the club remain interested in midfielder Nabil Fekir, whom they came close to signing in 2018.

Concerns arising from his medical scuppered the deal to sign him from Lyon and he joined Real Betis instead one year later. Since moving to Spain, he has shown that he is healthy and still capable of making big contributions on the pitch.

Therefore, Fichajes claim that Liverpool are back in the hunt for the 27-year-old. What’s more, they are the favourites to sign him rather than rivals Manchester United.

However, there is nothing to suggest they will definitely make a bid.

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