Liverpool should still be interested in Torino’s Gleison Bremer this summer after reports that Aston Villa are pursuing Joe Gomez.
According to the The Daily Star (30/06, page 44), Villa are preparing to ‘press ahead’ in their interest of Gomez. Steven Gerrard is reportedly willing to make the Liverpool man his top target for the window.
Should Gerrard make an acceptable offer for Gomez, it would be difficult for Liverpool to stand in his way, given his lack of football.
In that scenario, the 25-year-old will need replacing. Although he may come at a bit of a cost, Bremer should be top of Liverpool’s targets to step in.
Bremer still on the market
Fresh from being named Serie A defender of the year, Bremer is on the market this summer. Liverpool had been continuously linked with a move for the big Brazilian prior to the window opening, but those links have now cooled.
Despite a move away being seemingly inevitable, Bremer is yet to find a suitor. According to 90min earlier this week, the player’s agent has been speaking with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal over a £43m transfer.
However, those talks don’t appear to have led to anything serious just yet.
The player himself is still seemingly unsure where he’ll be playing next season, too. In an interview with Flow Sport Club this week, the centre-back confirmed that although he doesn’t know his next club, it will be one playing in the Champions League.
“I don’t know where I will play, I am talking to my agent and at the moment, there is nothing defined yet,” Bremer said via Football Italia.
“I am unsure whether I’ll remain in Italy or go abroad. One fundamental thing is to play the Champions League next season. This is fundamental to continuing my growth. We’ll define everything in the next few days or weeks.”
Liverpool can offer that. Although they won’t be able to guarantee a starting spot every week, they can also offer him the chance to play alongside one of his role models – Virgil Van Dijk.
Liverpool can’t afford for history to repeat itself
If Gomez is to leave, Liverpool will be expecting a sum of around £30m.
This wouldn’t quite cover the cost of Bremer, but the 25-year-old’s arrival would ensure there was little to no drop off in quality.
Liverpool are seemingly insistent that no further arrivals are expected this summer, even in the event of departures. One departure that could change that though is Gomez.
Liverpool do have quality in reserve in the shape of young centre-backs. But it would leave The Reds looking somewhat vulnerable to issues seen in the 2020/21 season.
There’s still some way to go in the window, but neither player’s futures are sorted as yet. If Liverpool do suspect Villa will go big for their number 12 though, they should already have his replacement in their crosshairs.