Liverpool target Mohamed Simakan has agreed on personal terms ahead of a proposed move to RB Leipzig, according to reports. There has been no formal offer from Leipzig to Strasbourg as of yet, however.
This comes from Sky Germany, as per reporter Max Bielefeld. It is explained that Simakan has already informed Leipzig of his desire to make the transition from France to Germany.
The report from Bielefeld also adds that Simakan now awaits to formally speak to head coach Julian Nagelsmann ahead of a proposed move. Leipzig have identified the French-born defender as a long-term replacement to Dayot Upamecano.
Simakan is a centre-back by trade, but has shown this season he’s got the versatility to drop in at right-back or centre midfield, if needed.
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The in-demand defender, however, recently suffered a knee injury during a clash with French outfit Lens last weekend. Simakan could be ruled out for more than two months, then.
With that said, it appears to have all-but ended any interest Liverpool previously sustained in the player who is now seemingly bound for Leipzig.
Simikan could be out until the latter stages of the season, after all. Unlike Liverpool, Leipzig can afford to wait for another reinforcement in central defence given they aren’t prepared to sell Upamecano until the summer at least.
This comes from The Guardian. They claim that under no circumstances will Leipzig contemplate selling the 22-year-old defender in January, who is being tracked by Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich according to reports.
Nagelsmann and his team are currently gridlocked in a title race in the Bundesliga and also await a Champions League last-16 bout with Liverpool next month. It doesn’t make sense for Leipzig to sell their most-prized defender mid-season.
Upamecano, similarly to Naby Keita, arrived at Leipzig from fellow Red Bull club Salzburg back in 2017. He has clocked up 134 appearances since.
Given Liverpool’s fruitful relationship with the Red Bull franchise, let’s hope that Simakan’s proposed move to Leipzig is a good omen in the Reds’ long-term pursuit to land Upamecano.
He certainly is a player worth waiting for.