Reported Liverpool target Piero Hincapie will push to leave Bayer Leverkusen if bids of £35m come in.
Hincapie has been linked with Liverpool over recent days, as the transfer window enters its final stretch. Reports yesterday even suggested that the Ecuadorian centre-back would ‘love’ to join the Reds.
The journalist reporting that news was Ben Jacobs. And Jacobs took to Twitter late last night to post another, very interesting update on Hincapie.
“Hincapie would love a move to the Premier League,” says the journalist.
“Still no offers. Could be available for £35m. Anything around this price and I understand Hincapie would push for the move.”
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On paper, Hincapie would look like the kind of profile that Liverpool could target.
Standing at just 6 feet tall, he’s a little shorter than the kind of centre-back Jurgen Klopp usually signs. But he’s young – 21 – and left-footed, something the Reds have been crying out for.
At £35m, he’s relatively well priced as well. There had been reports yesterday that Hincapie could cost at least £60m, and that’s certainly not something Liverpool would entertain.
But at £35m, he’d be much, much more palatable.
The darker side of this is that we don’t necessarily want the kind of characters who are ready to push through moves from their current clubs.
That may be naïve, but it doesn’t bode particularly well that Hincapie’s agent is the very same one who recently burned Liverpool in the Moises Caicedo saga.
The Reds won’t have forgotten that, and this does feel very much like agents pulling the strings. Nevertheless, Hincapie may still be appealing to Liverpool at a knock-down price.