Liverpool reportedly tried to recruit impressive Tottenham summer signing Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid before the left-back moved to London.
The Spain international has been one of the bright spots in another disappointing campaign for Jose Mourinho’s men. Reguilon was signed in a £28million deal after impressing during his season-long loan at Europa League winners Sevilla.
Real Madrid have a buy-back option on the 24-year-old that is active until the summer of 2022. Indeed, some reports are suggesting that the LaLiga giants could activate it this summer.
But according to The Athletic things could have turned out very differently for the full-back.
They claim that Jurgen Klopp’s men tried to sign Reguilon from Real as they looked for cover for Andy Robertson.
The report states Liverpool narrowed down their options to Reguilon and Kostas Tsimikas. However, they eventually ended up signing the Greek international instead.
Tsimikas has yet to make an impact on Merseyside, however, making just a single Premier League appearance so far.
Barca star keeping his cool despite Liverpool links
Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele appears unconcerned about his contract situation at Barcelona despite concerns over the length of his current deal.
Dembele, 23, moved to the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017. The France forward penned a five-year deal, with the Catalans paying €105m plus a reported €40m in add-ons. But it has been a case of one step forward and two back, with injuries blighting his time in Spain. Across four seasons, the former Rennes star has made just 51 La Liga starts, scoring 17 goals.
He has bagged 29 in all competitions but there is a sense of unfinished business with Barca. Despite his injury woes, a number of clubs seem keen.
Liverpool have been heavily linked while Manchester United were also mentioned as possible suitors. And now Italian giants Juventus appear to have thrown their hat into the ring.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has stated that he wants Dembele to remain at the club. But, with his deal set to expire at the end of next season, they need to think about fresh terms.
However, the man with 23 France caps seems laid back about the current state of affairs.
“I still have one year left on my contract,” he told beIN Sports (via Football Italia). “There have been no talks with the new board yet, but I’m happy and feel good.
“I don’t know the new president, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes. I have been feeling good since I got back.”