It’s no secret that Liverpool were extensively scouting a number of centre-back options during the January transfer window. The likes of Perr Schuurs, David Alaba and Sven Botman were all linked, while there were even some bizarre mutterings of a potential swoop for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. However, the Reds reportedly also looked at the Spaniard’s club teammate, Nacho Fernández.
Nacho to Liverpool?
This comes from the Spanish publication AS. They claim that the 31-year-old was considered as a viable candidate before Jurgen Klopp eventually swooped for Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak.
Nacho, who has been capped 22 times for the Spanish national team, was also tracked by Roma and Juventus, with both Serie A giants keen for the defender to end a 10-year spell at the The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have also been credited with an interest, after Klopp was forced to scour the market for defensive reinforcements following season-ending injuries to the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Nacho is a four-time Champions League winner, after all, with a further two La Liga titles for good measure. He is one of Europe’s most decorated players which makes it easy to see why an interest materialised from Anfield.
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The report from AS, though, doesn’t make it clear as to whether the Reds will reignite their interest again next summer.
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Judging by the recent influence of Kabak in a Liverpool shirt, the Reds may resist the temptation to move back towards a player who averages just 15 La Liga games a season.
Indeed, there is no questioning that Nacho is a top player, nor can you argue against his decorated footballing CV. In fact, Real Madrid fan page – Managing Madrid – previously lauded him as one of the best squad players on the planet.
Much of Nacho’s limited influence at Los Blancos has been affected due to the long-standing partnership of Ramos and Raphael Varane, which is understandable given the club’s recent success.
Still, this doesn’t warrant enough cause for Liverpool to place Nacho at the top of their transfer wishlist, especially when you consider the ongoing contractual situation of his teammate Varane.
The World Cup-winning centre-back is younger and far more experienced for one. Also, his current deal with the 13-time European Cup winners is due to expire next summer.
So, this effectively leaves Liverpool with two options. They can either continue to develop and place their trust with Kabak, who has established a blossoming defensive partnership with Nathaniel Phillips.
Alternatively, Liverpool could prioritise a ready-made addition to take the club back to the heights of last season. A player of Varane’s ilk would certainly go a long way in achieving that.