Liverpool look set to add a fifth new name to their squad this summer, as Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan is expected to undergo a medical this morning ahead of a £4.2 million move from Augsburg.
Slightly forced into the transfer after an injury setback to Joe Gomez, Klavan will provide cover for Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Mamadou Sakho, who is likely to miss the start of the season with injury. The sale of Martin Skrtel and release of Kolo Toure had also left the Reds a little light at the back.
Left-footed and no nonsense, Klavan looks to be direct cover for Sakho, who normally plays on the left hand side of Liverpool’s central defensive pairing, whilst at the same time replacing the departed Skrtel in the squad. The Estonian captain is a much more intelligent defender than Skrtel, though, and for such a small fee, provides a sound and reliable option from the bench, without costing the club an arm and a leg. A good piece of business.
Another player who may be arriving at Anfield in the coming days is Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, and reports in the Telegraph suggest a move is moving ever closer. Spurs and Everton were also reported to be interested in the signing of the Dutch midfielder, but the £25 million price tag set by Newcastle has put them off. Liverpool, though, feel as if they could secure the player for closer to £20 million.
Wijnaldum hit an impressive 11 goals and provided five assists in a woeful Newcastle team last term, but questions were raised about his attitude and his willingness to fight for a team that were battling against relegation. He also struggled to find the net towards the back end of last season. As an attacking midfielder, he would be joining a squad which already has plenty of talent and competition for places in that area, namely Philipp Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, potentially making this deal an expensive one for a squad player.
Conversely, Wijnaldum has already proven himself to be a very good Premier League player in a struggling team, and may just need to move to a bigger club to show just how good he is. Although he plays in a position where Liverpool already have plenty of talent, the Dutchman provide something a bit different thanks to his excellent finishing, passing and superior strength to the often lightweight Coutinho and Lallana.
Admittedly, Wijnaldum is not the type of signing Liverpool fans would wish for. He is not the kind of player who will single-handedly drive them towards a league title challenge, but he could add something a bit different to the side, and under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, become a very good deal in time.
Finally, Liverpool have also been linked with Inter Milan pair Gary Medel and Marcelo Brozovic. Brozovic, who moved to the San Siro from Dinamo Zagreb last summer, was an important part of Croatia’s attacking threat in the Euros, although he didn’t shine as much as teammates Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic.
Despite that, he still showed he was an excellent player, but with the amount of attacking midfield talent Liverpool already have, the move is an unlikely one. Medel, on the other hand, could be a slightly more well suited move. Other than Lucas Leiva, who could be leaving the club, the Reds don’t really have a tough tackling midfielder who will just break up the play and get the team moving forward again. Medel could provide this service.
Ignoring his relegation with Cardiff City back in 2014, Medel has won the Copa America with Chile for the last two seasons, sitting in front of the back four whilst Alexis Sanchez and co go and do their thing up front. This transfer is still a long shot, but it could be one that could really benefit the team.
Featured Image: All rights reserved by Ian Johnson