Signing Shkodran Mustafi on a short-term contract could be Liverpool’s best-case scenario. The Reds reportedly like the German defender.
Sky Germany say the same thing, in fact, and believe it would cost the Reds a small figure to get him from Arsenal.
In normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a signing we’d entertain. We still think Liverpool can do better, in fact.
But signing Mustafi may be the only way Liverpool get their best-case scenario.
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Mustafi only has a few months left on his Arsenal deal. He’s not getting any football with the Gunners, however, and Liverpool could likely tempt him into a short-term deal.
It’s beneficial for him, after all, to play football for a top side over the next five months. Then he can secure a good contract afterwards that he otherwise wouldn’t, given his low stock.
And that would also really benefit Liverpool. The Reds will be desperate to sign someone who doesn’t affect their summer plans.
They’ll almost certainly want to sign someone after the season – it would be bizarre not to. There will also be a better standard of player available than there is in the final few days of the January window.
Liverpool’s best-case, then, is bringing someone in who helps them improve over the second-half of the season but, importantly, someone who also disappears in the summer.
That way, Liverpool can quickly move on to get the player they really want.
Signing someone long-term now will eat into the funds for any summer signing and take up their place in the squad. The short-term benefits are obvious but long-term it could actually hurt Liverpool.
It’s why the Athletic believes the ‘most likely’ option is a loan or free transfer.
Mustafi may well be that player. If he can come in and do well before leaving in the summer, Liverpool get their best-case scenario.