Jurgen Klopp has already seen Alexis MaCallister with his new Liverpool shirt, but there is more to happen in the transfer window for the Reds. Liverpool have reached out and asked Real Madrid for a Federico Valverde move but Florentino Perez responded in a firm spirit.
Despite yet another great Real Madrid season in La Liga and Champions League, scoring 12 times in 56 appearances across all competitions, his spot in the starting-11 is not guaranteed due to the prodigal son’s arrival and previous Liverpool target, Jude Bellingham. Toni Kroos and Luca Modric may be coming to the end of their career but they are always more than a valuable options to their coaches. Adding Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos to the conversation means that the competition is serious. Federico Valverde loves life in Madrid but he is not in the mood for fighting for minutes.
All this info is what Klopp knows in a chance to drag the player to Anfield. The initial £51.5 million proposal has been rejected. The Europa League side can increase the offer up to £68 million plus £17 million in add-ons. This return may not be enough as Florentino Perez refuses to discuss for less than £90 million fixed, as Real want the full amount guaranteed.
One thing is for sure. Klopp loves Valverde, keeping his eyes on him for quite some time now. The transfer may have turned into another saga, but it only remains to be seen if Liverpool can afford this huge amount of money. This will be the leap in quality that Merseysiders truly want at this point, as Valverde is a constant help both on defence and offense. The Scousers have a lot to hope and dream about. A new challenge for the young Uruguayan star is maybe what he needs most.
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