Liverpool will will be scouting Ugurcan Cakir this evening when Turkey take on Norway in their World Cup qualifier, according to reports. Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom are also keen on signing the in-demand goalkeeper.
This comes from the Turkish publication Asist Analiz. They claim that Liverpool are looking to gain a broader perspective of the Trabzonspor shot-stopper, who has been capped five times for his country.
Cakir, who is a teammate of Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak, will be in action tonight as Turkey look to build on their impressive 4-2 victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Liverpool already have an array of talented goalkeepers at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, not to mention Alisson Becker, who according to Jamie Carragher, is the best shot-stopper in world football.
Asist Analiz add that RB Leipzig and Sevilla will also be watching the 24-year-old, who is captain of his club-side, Trabzonspor.
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It was only recently that Liverpool added another goalkeeper to their club ranks, after Liam Hughes joined the club from Celtic last month.
Liverpool also bought Marcelo Pitaluga, who has been dubbed as the successor to Alisson, last summer to join the likes of Oscar Kelly, Harvey and Fabian Mrozek, who are all battling for places in the U23s.
Of course, there is also Caoimhin Kelleher, who is now considered as the second-choice behind Alisson. 34-year-old Adrian also remains at the club.
So, it’s clear to see that Liverpool’s goalkeeping department is already sufficiently stocked, which makes the notion of the Reds moving for Çakır all the more confusing.
Still, a club of Liverpool’s high-standards refuse to rest on their laurels and are always open to welcoming fresh talent.
With a scouting network as extensive as Liverpool’s, there must be a reason why club-scouts have been ordered to gain a broader understanding of Turkey’s No.1 shot-stopper.
Trabzonspor would want around £17m for their goalkeeper who, at 24, still has a long way to go in his development.
It’s very-much early days in terms of a transfer materialising, though, we will continue to watch this ongoing transfer developments with interest.