Liverpool in advanced talks to sign £57m midfield pairPublished June 23, 2016
Liverpool are reportedly close to signing two impressive midfield talents who are currently on Euro 2016 duty according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.
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The first of these reported targets is Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik, who netted a superb effort for Slovakia against Russia, and Liverpool are ready to make an offer of €45m (£34m) for the attacking midfielder.
One wonders if Hamsik would choose to leave the San Paolo given he has helped his Serie A side to secure a runners-up finish and has Champions League football to look forward to next term.
The 28-year-old is something of a cult hero in Naples and he proved very effective last term, his 11 assist haul in Serie A action was only bettered by Paul Pogba and Miralem Pjanic, and the former Brescia man would appear to have little reason to move on this summer.
The second of Liverpool’s targets is certainly an easier nut to crack, this coming in the form of Real Madrid youngster Mateo Kovacic.
The 22-year-old only moved to the Bernabeu last August but the former Inter Milan man has barely featured and could be ready to leave for pastures new. Kovacic made just eight La Liga starts in 2015/16 and has a queue of immense talent ahead of him in the Real Madrid pecking order, with the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric being Zinedine Zidane’s first choices for central midfield roles.
This source claims a deal is imminent with Liverpool with an agreement on a €30m (£23m) apparently close to completion.
Jurgen Klopp would do well to bring in the intelligent central midfielder and the Croatian international is very much a player with a bright future.
Liverpool are likely to hand Klopp a large transfer warchest as the German will be keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign and additions in midfield are perhaps the most urgent for the Anfield boss to consider.