Duje Caleta-Car wants a transfer to Liverpool, according to reports. It feels very, very unlikely, however.
Stepping away from the chaos that is English football, there’s transfer news at Liverpool! It comes from Le10Sport, who claim Duje Caleta-Car wants to move to Anfield in the transfer window.
He’s got a good reason to want the move, too. Liverpool wanted him in January, only for things to collapse before it got going.
Which is a thing that can happen sometimes, with even the grandest plans.
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In fact, the latter claims that Caleta-Car went as far as waiting at the airport in case a move to Liverpool happened.
No wonder, then, that he hasn’t given up hope. He really wants this one.
Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, we can’t see it happening.
The biggest problem here is that Liverpool appear to have targeted a lot of defenders in January. They were desperate and running out of time.
Eventually, of course, they got Ozan Kabak.
The player is currently on loan, though Liverpool can buy him permanently for around £18m. And they may do just that.
The fact they have that option makes Caleta-Car unlikely. Liverpool can sign a younger player who they know, rather than take a punt on a 24-year-old relative unknown.
Kabak looks like a solid player, after all. He’s strong, seems intelligent and is gradually getting used to the style of play.
Assuming Liverpool believe they can improve him, £18m could end up being an absolute bargain. There’s great potential in Kabak, as well as a proven quantity.
The biggest problem for Caleta-Car, though, is that we don’t even think Kabak is the best option. Liverpool appear to have a way to sign Ibrahima Konate and he looks like a superstar.
Assuming he gets over his injury problems, Konate is a world-class defender in the making. Signing him would be huge.
Thus Caleta-Car, in our point of view, is third-choice at best. He has less potential, a smaller reputation and likely wouldn’t be cheap.
That Independent report had him at £20m. He could cost more than Kabak.
And with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez returning, potential is more valuable than ready-made quality. As long as the player is good enough to play a squad role, his potential is what will really draw in Liverpool.
Kabak, at the very least, is ready to play now and only getting better. And that makes Caleta-Car difficult to justify.