Liverpool have been tipped to sign Mikel Oyarzabal by former Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alberto Lopez, who told Marca Chelsea and Liverpool would suit him.
While Jurgen Klopp is not expected to splash the cash in the way he did last summer, they were tipped by BBC Sport’s David Ornstein to sign a versatile attacker.
There are yet to be any solid links with someone who is around the £20m mark as the Mirror’s David Maddock writes they are assessing players.
Speaking to Marca, former Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alberto Lopez said that he believes Oyarzabal is the type of player that Liverpool and Chelsea would be interested in signing after the 22-year-old enjoyed a promising season in La Liga.
He said: “I really rate him. I don’t think he has a lot of time left at Real Sociedad. He has so much talent and I think he could play in a great team like Chelsea and Liverpool.”
Oyarzabal scored 13 goals in La Liga but has a huge €70m (£63.3m) release clause in his contract which runs until the summer of 2024, according to Sport.
The Spanish international would be a fine addition to the Liverpool squad but at anywhere over £30m, Klopp won’t be able to justify spending that kind of money on a squad player.
Oyarzabal is hugely promising but he’s not good enough to displace the likes of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah from the starting XI and simply wouldn’t be worth his £63.3m price tag but if Michael Edwards could work his magic to reduce that fee significantly, he’d be well worth the money.
Of course, Liverpool haven’t been linked with a move for the Sociedad no.10 but given how much mystery surrounds the Reds transfer dealings these days, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him or another promising young forward join the club out of the blue.