Liverpool and Manchester United have a fourth shared target to battle over, according to reports. The two rivals appear to have remarkably similar transfer plans.
This latest one comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that both Liverpool and Manchester United consider Ozan Kabak a target.
They could each move in January, too, for a player who has had his asking-price cut from £40m to £25m.
But that’s not all. Liverpool and United both have Dayot Upamecano and teammate Ibrahima Konate on their respective shortlists.
Having three targets at the same time is notable but if we take another report, there could be a fourth.
The Mirror believes the two both want Jack Grealish, too, who could be worth £100m in 2021.
What RTK has to say
The interesting thing here is that the two clubs target these players for entirely different reasons.
United want game-changers who will kick them on a level. That could be in strengthening their defence long-term or, in Grealish’s case, yet another creative attacking midfielder.
Because when can you truly have enough of those?
Liverpool, on the other hand, want a long-term partner for Joe Gomez as well as defensive cover during an injury crisis.
As for Grealish, we could only put that down to Liverpool wanting to add something completely new to their team.
If we had to guess, we’d argue that United have an open January here. Liverpool may not make any moves and could wait until the summer to pick up who’s left.
Having this many targets at once doesn’t suggest they’re particularly high on anyone, after all. They may be happier assessing things in June.
Still, we’ll be quite disappointed if United manage to sign any of these players. Particularly Upamecanp, who we think could be an ideal player in the Liverpool backline.
But it’s a case of wait and see, as always. The January transfer window is nearly here and no matter what Liverpool do, it’ll be notable.