PSG are preparing a surprise approach for Liverpool defender Joel Matip, according to a report.
Matip has established himself as a trusted member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, having played a role in their recent trophy successes.
But for his appalling injury record, the former Schalke defender would certainly figured more. Matip has missed over 60 matches over a total of eight various injuries since joining in 2016.
But despite making just 13 appearances in all competitions this season, Cameroon news outlet kick442 claims PSG are readying an approach.
They state PSG’s sporting director Leonardo sees Matip as an ideal replacement for departing defender Thiago Silva at the heart of the defence.
Silva and Edinson Cavani both left the French giants following the expiration of their contracts. PSG have already gone some way to replacing Cavani by signing Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal.
But a replacement for Thiago Silva remains a priority now for Leonardo and coach Thomas Tuchel.
Kalidou Koulibaly and Jose Gimenez have both been mentioned as targets. Both, however, would likely cost in excess of £75m.
Matip would command a fee slightly more modest fee given his injury record and a £50m approach has been touted.
At this stage, it remains to be seen whether PSG’s reported interest in Matip is genuine. But the link has seen plenty of Liverpool fan sites pick up on the article. It’s also caused a debate among many Reds fans about the value of the player, with many passionately explaining why he simply must stay.
Liverpool recently sold Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg for a £10.9m fee. As such, the Reds are in the market for a new centre-half and selling another key squad man simply would not make sense.
For their part, Liverpool have been linked with Sevilla’s Diego Carlos.
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Transfer expert Duncan Castles claims the Wolves striker is very much wanted by the Reds boss this summer.
The Mexican is a proven top-flight performer, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season. And according to Castles, Liverpool maintain an ‘interest’ in the striker.
Whether FSG will sanction a deal after previously shying away from Timo Werner remains unclear. And Castles remains unsure as to whether Klopp will be given the backing he craves.
Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast (via the Daily Express), Castles said: “I can see why there would be interest from Liverpool and the player because of the way he has performed for Wolves….
“While there is an interest, an understandable interest. It will be an interesting test of how much support FSG are prepared to give Klopp going into this next season to defend that Premier League title.”