Liverpool want Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor, according to reports. The 20-year-old would arrive on a free transfer.
This comes from AS in Spain. They claim that Liverpool are one of a few clubs looking at Alfonso Pastor for next season.
The 20-year-old is out of contract in the summer and can move clubs for free. That tempts Liverpool as they want backup for Alisson Becker.
Competition is fierce, however. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal all want Pastor, while Sevilla hope to keep him. That’s the top five clubs in La Liga, then.
Pastor made his first-team debut this season, playing in the Champions League as Sevilla lost 4-0. The report claims that none of the interested clubs, including Liverpool, plan on using him right away.
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Instead, they’d want him in the academy system for a year before making him a senior option.
Alfonso Pastor to Liverpool?
The interesting things from a Liverpool point of view is that they are apparently looking for a free goalkeeper. That’s what the Daily Mail claims, anyway.
They say the Reds want to replace Adrian, whose contract also expires this summer. But the plan is to bring someone in on a free as Liverpool don’t want to spend money replacing him.
There was a chance to sign Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton but the former England international will supposedly join Manchester United. Liverpool’s remaining options are so slim, in fact, that they’re considering simply offering Adrian a new deal.
Now, perhaps we’re putting two and two together here and getting five but it does sound as though Pastor is the free transfer they’re looking for. Signing him would mean Adrian leaves.
Though, AS believe Liverpool would put the 20-year-old in their academy for a year. Doing so would leave room for an experience goalkeeper over next season, then, and that might be Adrian.
Either way, there’s little doubt that Pastor would arrive as Adrian’s replacement. Perhaps that’s as soon as next season, perhaps it’s for the 2022/21 campaign.
We can’t pretend to know too much about Pastor given his lack of exposure but the interest in him suggests the Spaniard is a big talent. It makes a lot of sense for Liverpool to move, in that case.
Because while replacing Adrian would be the short-term goal, Liverpool do need to think about the long-term after Alisson. It’ll be many years before the Brazilian slows down but Pastor would be long-term competition.
And for free, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a good deal.