Liverpool want Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, according to reports. The Reds supposedly wanted him a year ago, too.
Spanish outlet La Razon makes the claim. They say that Liverpool would pay Llorente’s release clause of £40m to sign the defender this summer.
He’d be a replacement for Dejan Lovren but Jurgen Klopp and co. will have to battle AS Monaco for the player.
Nothing came of that, of course, but the Reds could finally move to get their man this summer.
What RTK has to say
We said a year ago that the only way this would make sense is if Lovren left the club. This report suggests that’s true, of course, but our reason for saying that remains.
We felt that Llorente was simply too injury prone to sign as a first-choice player. Instead, he should only arrive as backup and as a replacement for our fourth-choice defender.
That was because Llorente missed 15 games through injury last season (per Transfermarkt). Unfortunately, he’s gone on to miss another eight this season, suggesting he’s still pretty injury-prone.
Now, £40m seems like a lot for Llorente, even without the injury problems. We just can’t see Liverpool paying it, honestly, as it would be far too risky even outside of the current economic crisis.
The Independent says that the Reds will be cautious this summer and £40m for Llorente isn’t very cautious. In short, this isn’t a transfer we expect to happen.