Liverpool had their most hectic deadline day in years on Monday. They eventually signed two defenders – but they cast a wide net.
Liverpool were not messing around on deadline day. A long-term injury to Joel Matip forced them into the market and they didn’t hold back.
There are reports suggesting they discussed a massive eight different centre-backs. We have a go here at listing them all.
This was one of the first strong links to a centre-back and it came from the Athletic. Liverpool supposedly asked about Diop but West Ham United wanted an obligation to buy for £20m.
Diop arrived at the Hammers with a growing reputation but as of now, he’s not in their starting XI. Liverpool saw an opportunity to sign a young but experienced defender.
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Clearly, they didn’t like the price, though.
Always a long-shot but the Mirror claims Liverpool asked RB Leipzig about Dayot Upamecano.
But his summer release-clause may have hindered things. Sky Germany say it’s around £39m, so Leipzig will have wanted significantly more than that.
And Liverpool likely won’t have wanted to, given they could pay that summer amount.
The same Mirror report says Liverpool registered ‘firm interest’ in Konate with RB Leipzig. Clearly, it didn’t go anywhere.
But this might be one to revisit in the summer. Neither of Liverpool two signings rule out further moves, after all.
This one did get over the line. Liverpool signed Davies for a reported £1.6m, per Sky Sports.
But taking advantage of his expiring contract, Liverpool only commit to £500k. The rest is purely add-ons – a bargain price.
Davies has never played in the top-flight, however. This is a risk but a very low-cost one.
Sport1 in Germany says Liverpool asked Bayer Leverkusen about Tapsoba. The Germany came back with a price, too – £44m.
Liverpool were never going to pay that, even for a player as talented as Tapsoba.
There’s a lot to like, though. He’s young, gifted, and has top-flight experience. That price was just too much for a desperate deadline day move, however.
The other one Liverpool eventually got done.
Kabak arrives on a six-month loan deal for an initial £1m, per Sky Sports. That can rise another £500k, depending on appearances and Liverpool’s Champions League efforts.
And that’s all the commitment there is. If he shines, Liverpool have the option to sign him for £18m but they have no obligation to.
It’s a magnificent deal, really. They get a 20-year-old centre-back with Bundesliga experience and only have to pay a significant amount if he’s good.
RMC Sport believes Liverpool tried to get a deal done with Marseille to sign Caleta-Car. It never got over the line, though.
That’s despite the Croatian apparently waiting at the airport in case he had to fly to England.
It appears that Marseille just didn’t want to sell without a replacement – which is fair enough. The 24-year-old would have brought a bit more senior experience than Kabak but it wasn’t to be.
Fabrizio Romano claims Carmo was the real Kabak alternative. Liverpool made two bids to SC Braga, too, but found both rejected.
Carmo is a 21-year-old with a growing reputation, though. He’s someone it’s worth keeping an eye on – especially if Liverpool don’t commit to Kabak long-term.