Liverpool reportedly want to sign two players from Borussia Monchengladbach, potentially paying Gladbach over £88m.
Zakaria, a holding midfielder, has caught the eye this season. Sky don’t only claim Liverpool want him, after all, but also Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.
And it’s no surprise why. As the Sky report says, Zakaria in a dominant ball-winner, as well as being the fastest player at Gladbach. It’s easy to see why top clubs would be interested in a 23-year-old like that.
Liverpool reportedly are and they hope to sign his teammate, too. Thuram – son of World Cup winner Lilian – has impressed as a striker for Gladbach this season.
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He’s bagged ten goals and added another nine assists which at just 22, is very impressive. Thuram may be a completely different player to his father but he’s clearly very talented in his own right.
But then comes the stumbling block, of course – the price. Zakaria costs around £40m, apparently, while Thuram could cost over £44m.
Express say that Liverpool would have to pay over £88m to get both.
What RTK has to say
Two players from one club is never easy – you’re asking a lot of the sellers. Gladbach would lose two vital parts of their side and players who could technically lead them for years to come.
Their talent and the way the game works these days, however, means they likely won’t hold onto them for long. They’ll know this and while it would take a big offer, a club could sign them.
Still, losing two at once is extra difficult and Liverpool would have to offer a lot of money to convince Gladbach. Even more so in the current global health crisis when clubs will lean towards conservatism with deals. Not a time to take risks, after all.
Perhaps £88m is that figure, which really isn’t that much if the duo are as talented as they seem. Express claims this one is ‘legitimate’ – so worth keeping an eye on it.