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Liverpool reportedly engaged in transfer triangle for European defenders

Liverpool appear to be in a transfer triangle when it comes to defenders. The Reds reportedly have a few on their radar – but they’re not alone.

Telefoot journalist Julien Maynard reported yesterday that Liverpool liked the look of Mohamed Simakan. The Reds are just watching that situation, however.

RB Leipzig and AC Milan are more involved, though. They’re close to agreements with Strasbourg, in fact.

A report from TuttoMercatoWeb goes into more detail. For instance, they say that Leipzig want Simakan as a replacement for Dayot Upamecano.

And thus Liverpool enter again. SportBild said at the start of the season that the Reds hoped to sign Upamecano. Bild’s Christian Falk reiterated that last month. As did the Athletic’s Simon Hughes.

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It appears, then, that the two have similar ideas.

But there’s more than that. Milan reportedly have an alternative if someone signs Simakan – Ozan Kabak. Yes, you can see where this is heading.

The Athletic recently reported that Liverpool talked about Kabak with Schalke back in November. They also mention Kabak’s interest.

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So here’s how we see it. If RB Leipzig were to sign Simakan this month, they’d potentially be more open to selling Dayot Upamecano this month.

That’s purely speculation on our part – but if he’s Upamecano’s replacement, it lines up as at least possible.

And if they did sign Simakan, Milan would go back to Kabak. That would all mean that if Liverpool couldn’t get Upamecano, they’d face a fight for Kabak.

But if Milan sign Simakan, there’s a free run at Kabak, should Liverpool go for him. It would almost certainly rule out any early move for Upamecano, though.

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Alternatively, Liverpool go for Simakan and that’s that – from a Red point of view, anyway.

Young European defenders are clearly in high-demand right now and Liverpool face a transfer fight regardless. On the plus side, there are options and a lot of moving parts that could open doors elsewhere.

It promises to be a whirlwind month in the rumour mill, at least.

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