Liverpool target’s former coach reveals Anfield switch all but sealed

Jonny Whitfield

The former coach of Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir has revealed that the Turkey international has all but sealed a move to Liverpool.

Cakir, who rose through the ranks at the Turkish club after joining in 2013, has established himself as the club’s first-choice stopper in the past few seasons.

The 24-year-old’s rise in that time is said to have attracted the attention of Liverpool, who reportedly made a bid for the Turkey international last summer before opting to sign Adrian.

Indeed, Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu later confirmed that another offer had come in from Jurgen Klopp’s side for the player.

Speaking to AjannsporCakir’s former coach, Sadi Tekelioglu, has claimed that Liverpool have won their battle to sign the player and he will join in the next transfer window.

“50 million Euros may be too much for us [Turkish clubs], but not for Europe,” the coach said.

“Ugurcan had a suitor last season. I gave Ugurcan an idea to go to the teams in England.

“Liverpool will transfer Ugurcan Cakir at the end of the season. Trabzonspor will not say no to Liverpool’s offer.

“I met with Ugurcan. He told me that Liverpool took care of him.”

German stopper Loris Karius is set to return to Liverpool when the global pandemic passes, having terminated his contract at Besiktas.

Karius was sent on a two-year loan to the Turkish side after his costly errors in the 2018 Champions League final, serving close to the full terms of that deal.

Karius’ departure allowed Liverpool to launch a raid on Roma for Alisson Becker, who has transformed Liverpool’s defence with his presence behind Virgil van Dijk.

In other news, it has been revealed that Klopp turned down the chance to manage the Mexican national team in favour of moving to Anfield in 2015.

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