Leeds United reportedly have a backup to their Ben White pursuit. It would be a boost for Liverpool, who supposedly want the defender.
The Telegraph claims that Leeds want Freiburg defender Robin Koch. The 24-year-old has two caps for the German National team, as well as three years of Bundesliga experience.
Koch is their alternative to White, who played for Leeds on loan last season and starred as they won promotion. There appears to be little doubt that they want him back but Brighton won’t budge.
The Seagulls have rejected two bids from Leeds, per Sky Sports. The first, at £18.5m, prompted them to up their offer to £22m – but that still wasn’t enough.
We think it’ll cost around £30m, then, should Liverpool want to move for White. And they may just do that.
Weighing things up
Liverpool need to decide how much they want the player, it seems. We think the Reds have the edge over Leeds in the pursuit as it is and this report certainly backs that up.
If Leeds have an alternative, it suggests they don’t fancy their chances too much. Liverpool can afford to wait and weigh things up, then.
There’s room for White, of course. Dejan Lovren left for Zenit St. Petersburg this summer and thus Liverpool only have three senior centre-halves.
White would be a fantastic option for that role – at a reasonable price. At the end of the day, he’d come in as fourth-choice behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. It’s not easy to pay £30m for a player who may not play that much.
Leeds appear to be put off by the price tag and so the question now is whether Liverpool will be. But with Leeds not likely to pull off a deal anytime soon, Jurgen Klopp and co. can afford to take their time on this one.