Liverpool are reportedly ‘working hard’ on trying to seal a deal for highly-rated young centre-back Loic Bade this summer.
The 20-year-old is enjoying an outstanding campaign for his current club Lens, starting 16 Ligue 1 matches this term.
According to a report from Le10sport, as cited by Read Liverpool, the Reds are leading the way for the youngster.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s men are looking to get a deal over the line due to significant interest from AC Milan.
The Serie A giants have also been monitoring Bade’s progress, with the player previously being linked with Leeds.
The imposing defender has won an average of 4.3 aerial duels per game this season and is viewed as one for the future.
Links to another centre-back are no great surprise when it comes to Liverpool, although it is somewhat surprising they are not pursuing a deal this month given their injury issues.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain on the sidelines and will not be back any time soon. Joel Matip has also had his fair share of injury issues for the champions.
Brighton defender Ben White remains a major January option for the Reds. However, it looks like they have one eye on the future with a potential deal for Bade.
Alaba deal not dead yet
Liverpool reportedly remain in the hunt for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba despite claims he has found an agreement with Real Madrid.
Alaba is one of the biggest names set to be on the move in 2021. The Austrian is out of contract at the end of the season and it seems his long association with Bayern will come to an end.
With Alaba still in his prime, there are a number of suitors for his signature. Chances to sign a player of his calibre for free do not come around often.
Liverpool are among the clubs to have been linked with Alaba. The champions are not rushing into a defensive signing this month but could act for the end of the season.
In fact, it has been claimed that Liverpool have opened talks with his representatives. They will have to make a convincing pitch, though, as Alaba could be tempted elsewhere. Read more…