Liverpool have submitted a bid of €22million to sign Besiktas’ Domagoj Vida and with Simon Mignolet linked, a cash plus player deal could be appealing to the Turkish club.

While he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, Vida would be a stellar backup to Croatian national teammate Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk, with his aggressive style of play certainly what’s needed in reserve at Anfield.

Jöel Matip has further underlined the need to sign a new central defender with his injury on Liverpool’s tour of the United States and despite it being made clear that he should be fit to start against West Ham in two and a half weeks, he can’t be trusted to avoid injury.

That, plus the potential to see Simon Mignolet go the other way and there is an opportunity to find a deal that suits all parties concerned.


Tomorrow’s edition of French newspaper L’Equipe, according to GFFN, will claim that the Reds have submitted a €22million bid to Besiktas for Domagoj Vida.

While I think that he’d be a good backup and nothing else, it seems unlike FSG to sanction a deal for a player who is nearly 30 and has no sell-on value.

James Pearce also said yesterday that Klopp has no intention of buying a new central defender this summer: “Not aware of Klopp looking to buy another centre-back. Matip has flown home from the States but Liverpool only expect him to be sidelined for a fortnight.

“Lovren and Van Dijk will be the first choice combination this season and Klopp will have Matip, Gomez and Klavan as cover.

With Matip out and Lovren not yet back on club duty, I’d like to see Gomez get a decent shine to shine in the middle.”

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