Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is more likely to join Liverpool than Tottenham Hotspur.
Hincapie has been linked with a move to Anfield as the Reds search for an up-and-coming left-sided centre-back.
And according to journalist Ben Jacobs, it’s a move that would massively appeal to the player. However, speaking on the Last Word On Spurs podcast, Jacobs said that although Liverpool may be the most likely destination for Hincapie, they’re not totally sold on him yet.
“The last name that I would mention on the centre-back, even though I think it’s more potentially Liverpool and still very possibly West Ham, is [Piero] Hincapie as well,” the journalist explains.
“He’s a left-sided centre-back with very high potential, good experience and Tottenham have certainly run the numbers and data on him. I don’t think at this stage they’ve added him to the shortlist, but he might be a name to watch as far as moving to the Premier League over the coming weeks.
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“I don’t think it’s accurate at this stage to say that Spurs are in the race, but keep an eye on that point I said before about what if you miss out on one target. Who do you pivot to in the last hours of the window and that’s where you might get some surprises.
“But I’m told if it is to be a Premier League club, the player would love Liverpool but they aren’t fully sold and West Ham who missed out on Harry Maguire are still another club to watch.”
Liverpool linked with Hincapie
In the most basic of sense, Hincapie fits the bill for what Liverpool are supposedly looking for in a new defensive addition.
Young with big potential, already playing in one of Europe’s top leagues and – crucially – left-footed.
He also reportedly wouldn’t cost the world to sign. Last week, Ecuadorian outlet Teradeportes reported that Leverkusen would be asking for around £38m to sell the Ecuadorian. That’s well within Liverpool’s reach.
Nevertheless, we know that generally the Reds won’t go after a player unless they’re fully convinced by him. Even at a relatively low price.
To that end, they are said to be keeping tabs on Hincapie, presumably with a view on gauging his true level.
If they think the 21-year-old is worth taking a run at, then maybe we’ll see some movement over the next week. By the sounds of things Hincapie would be more than happy to join.
But it’s also worth mentioning that the centre-back has the same agent as Moises Caicedo. Not a man or an organisation that Liverpool have had success dealing with recently. They may wish to stay away. One to keep an eye on, though.