Jurgen Klopp can now sign Jonathan Tah in a possible bargain deal if Liverpool revive the Reds’ talks to sign the Bayer Leverkusen star and West Ham United transfer target.
That is according to Sky Sports, which notes that Bayer Leverkusen will now let Tah leave the BayArena. The 27-year-old is keen to quit his Bundesliga club after eight years to embark on a new adventure in the Premier League. He also believes the transfer is crucial for his future.
Tah feels he needs to move to the Premier League to prove himself to Germany coach Hansi Flick ahead of Euro 2024. Die Mannschaft host the next European Championships and Tah is determined to feature. But Flick has not called the defender up for a squad since June 2022.
Liverpool have long held an interest in Jonathan Tah’s transfer
Liverpool have long held an interest in the potential of a transfer from Bayer Leverkusen for Tah. 90min reported in February that the Reds and Newcastle United had discussed a move to the Premier League for the 6 ft 4 enforcer during the January market with intermediaries.
Klopp would still have to rival another Premier League club for Liverpool to secure a transfer for Tah this summer. Sky Sports adds that West Ham also have a long-term interest in his availability. They also hired Leverkusen’s former sporting director Tim Steidten this summer.
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Bayer Leverkusen have now set a potential bargain price tag
But Tah is now on the market for a possible bargain fee that could tempt Liverpool to revive their interest. Bayer Leverkusen will agree to sell the centre-back for offers of at least €20m (£17m) this summer. Die Werkself feel it is a fair fee as Tah’s contract runs to just June 2025.
The Hamburg native leaving the BayArena would be a blow for their head coach Xabi Alonso next season. He fielded Tah in each of the defender’s 25 available Bundesliga matches after taking charge in October. The 16-cap centre-half had to sit out one game due to suspension.
Now, though, Tah feels it is time to secure a transfer to the Premier League with West Ham keen and after interest from Liverpool in January. He has also had lofty goals for his career. Ex-Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane hailed Tah as ‘ambitious’ during his tenure in charge.