Liverpool made an enquiry for Edmond Tapsoba, according to reports. The Reds clearly didn’t like the suggested price, however.
This comes from Sport1 in Germany. They believe that Liverpool asked Bayer Leverkusen about Edmond Tapsoba.
The 21-year-old defender is yet to actually have a full top-flight season with a club. He broke through at Vitoria in Portugal but signed for Leverkusen midway through last season.
And if he’s impressed Liverpool, he’s certainly impressed his current club – they value him at £44m (€50m).
That’s just a step too far for the Reds, it seems. The report suggests Liverpool instead decided to move for Ozan Kabak at Schalke.
The latter, of course, is something reported all over the place.
What RTK has to say
Yeah, you can’t be paying £44m here. And Liverpool were never going to, either.
The Kabak deal, per Sky Sports, is a £1m loan that would be £18m for a permanent deal. That’s a bargain compared to Tapsoba.
Kabak is a year young, for one, while he has a lot more experience than the Burkina Faso defender.
So no, Liverpool were never paying £44m to sign a defender today.
But it’s further evidence that Liverpool cast a remarkably wide net with their search. We’ve seen links to Tapsoba and Kabak, obviously, while they’ve signed Ben Davies.
It may well have come down to who was willing to do reasonable business, with the Kabak deal certainly ticking that box. £44m just isn’t that, for what is essentially a desperation signing on Liverpool’s part.
Still, you can’t blame Leverkusen for their price. No one wants to suddenly lose a starting XI player on the final day of the transfer window, leaving you needing a desperation signing of themselves.
Perhaps one to keep an eye on for the summer, though, just in case Liverpool don’t sign Kabak permanently.