Liverpool are believed to have been heavily scouting Real Betis’ left-back Riza Durmisi ahead of a potential move for the Danish international who has a release clause worth £17 million, say the Daily Mail. Having joined from Daniel Agger’s former side Brondby last summer, he has impressed in La Liga with 14 appearances to date.
The 23-year-old is contracted until 2021 but has proven quality with 17 caps since making his debut at just 21-years-old. A potential move may depend on James Milner’s displays in the position in the second half of the season.
After Philippe Coutinho put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at the club, manager Jurgen Klopp spoke out to explain what a big statement it is for the club given the interest in the Brazilian. Klopp revealed:
“Two sides made a big statement – the club and Phil. The player, everybody in the world to have him in their team, that he wants to stay here is for us unbelievably important. He’s not the only player we want to keep but – you write more about it than we could say about it – but everybody wanted him and that was obviously true because no-one in football is that blind they can’t see what his qualities are. We will carry on in this way with the players we want to keep and all that stuff. That will happen in the next few months and years because the base is really good here. Phil is the first to show he thinks the same.”
Whilst a new contract is no guarantee that Coutinho will stay put at Liverpool until 2022, it goes a long way to comfort fans and at the very least will ensure that they earn a good fee for the attacking midfielder should he leave.
However, another player not on the move was one linked with a move to Anfield this month. Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes has now spoken out to deny the speculation as he said:
“I never thought about other clubs. Never. Some things were said, but I do not know about that. I just know that I play for Spartak, and people who really know me understand this… I talked with [Georgino Wijnaldum], of course. But it wasn’t about Liverpool. We’re just friends.”
It now seems that the Dutchman will remain in Russia for the meantime despite being linked with a move to Merseyside to add depth on the wings.
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