Dayot Upamecano will join Bayern Munich in a reported blow to Liverpool. So where should the Reds go from here?
Bayern Munich Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidžić confirms to Bild that reported Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano will join the Bavarians.
That’s a blow to Liverpool. The Guardian put a report out just today saying the Reds wanted to sign him. But that was far from the first.
Bild, for instance, had labelled Upamecano as something of a dream signing for Jurgen Klopp.
And we were thrilled with that! We had Upamecano down as the best-value defender around. He’s someone who ticks all the right boxes and has a £37m release clause. Perfect.
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Now, though, he’s off the table. So where do Liverpool go from here? Let’s have a look at some options.
The easiest and, arguably, best option is to stick with Ozan Kabak. He’s on loan at Liverpool right now and can stick around permanently with an £18m option to buy.
Kabak has the next few months to secure that option. If he’s good enough, Liverpool will pay it. You don’t get many 20-year-olds who are good enough for that price, after all.
This, then, is a boost to Kabak’s chances. He’ll already be bedded in by the summer, he ticks some boxes as it is, and the signing is simple.
This is the option Liverpool will now take if everything goes to plan, you’d imagine.
An obvious way to change the plan. Ibrahima Konate is a remarkably similar player to Upamecano as he’s roughly the same age and has developed in the same system.
Perhaps he’s the natural player to turn your attention to, then.
Upamecano lite, then?
There is one red flag, however. Konate’s injury history makes him a risk. If Liverpool are at all worried, they may stick with the safety of Kabak.
Liverpool made two bids to sign David Carmo on deadline day, says Fabrizio Romano. He was their alternative to Kabak.
And so if the Turkish defender doesn’t work out – or Liverpool simply have doubts – they could well return to Braga for Carmo.
Again, though, if Kabak comes good, he becomes the safest option and one Liverpool surely take. Anything short of that, though, and Carmo becomes one of the most obvious alternatives.