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Reported Milan Skriniar interest shows near-impossible Liverpool task

Liverpool hold interest in Milan Skriniar, according to reports. It’s interest that shows their near-impossible task, however.

CalcioMercato claims Liverpool have interest in Milan Skriniar. There’s a problem, however – he’s too expensive.

Internazionale won’t do a deal at £50m and show no signs of dropping below that figure anytime soon. That means that despite their interest, Liverpool won’t bother with a bid.

It’s a situation that highlights how difficult Liverpool’s task is this January. They’ll want a defender, of course, but only a very, very specific defender makes sense.

And they almost certainly won’t find it.

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Transfer target

The injury crisis leaves Liverpool looking at the market – they simply have to. That doesn’t mean they’ll sign anyone but they have to have a look.

Trying to retain the title without Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez sounds virtually impossible on paper. They’re making a ridiculously good go of it but the right signing effectively guarantees they’re champions.

In our mind, anyway.

But that means that any player who comes in must be able to deliver right away. You’re limiting yourself to players with elite talent, then, and preferably top-level experience.

Otherwise, there’s no need to buy them in the more expensive January market.

But Liverpool also won’t want a player who only delivers for six months. They will want any signing to be a long-term investment, too.

Thus the player likely has to be around 26 tops. Already, this sounds very expensive.

Which is why the implied £50m price-cap makes this all near-impossible. Liverpool will want a player who is good enough to perform now, has room to grow long-term, and is available for a reasonable price.

But who is selling a player like that in January on the cheap?

Skriniar, at 25 and with great seasons for Inter, fits the first two wonderfully. But he’s too expensive.

We recently called reported interest in Gleison Bremer the right idea. And in comparison to Skriniar, what that means is sacrificing something.

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In this case, it’s the near-guarantee that he’d have an immediate impact. Bremer is a player with great potential at 23 and likely reasonable priced as he’s at Torino – there’s a level of experience there, too.

But he hasn’t played at the very top level, leaving little guarantee that he’d impact the second half of the season.

Perhaps he would but that’s the situation here – you’re taking a chance. A sure thing, like Skriniar, is almost certainly unobtainable.

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