If Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp really is adamant that he wants as much transfer business as possible to be done by July 1st, the bulk of Liverpool’s activity will have to be carried out before the European Championships begins in early June.
To he credit, two deals have already been wrapped up in the form of Marko Grujić and Joël Matip, and strong links with Piotr Zieliński and Mario Götze have been established in recent weeks.
To that end, the fact that Bundesliga side FC Cologne already appear resigned to losing another Liverpool target – German international left-back Jonas Hector – will be a big sign of encouragement to Klopp and CEO Ian Ayre that this is a deal that can be wrapped up reasonably quickly if the club are suitably interested.
25 year old Hector has massively impressed for Cologne this season, missing just one league match all season as Peter Stöger’s side sit in an impressive ninth place in the Bundesliga table.
In addition, and perhaps far more impressively, he would appear to have seen off competition and claimed the German national side left-back spot as his own. In fact, he scored his first goal for his country (and was man of the match) in this week’s 4-1 destruction of Italy in Munich.
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Speaking to German magazine Kicker, in an interview subsequently cited by the Liverpool Echo (among others), Stöger admitted that it would difficult to keep Hector should he want to move on at the end of the season, and hinted that offers of just €10million (£7.9m) or higher would be considered by the club.
“I don’t have to talk about what may happen in the summer, but if somebody should offer us a three-figure million sum, we’d probably give in. If a two-figure million sum is offered, we’d consider it.
“And if Jonas Hector says that he doesn’t want to stay here, we’d have to face up to it.”
Rather than feel frustrated that Hector may leave, however, Stöger insists that it is something for Cologne to be proud of that they even have such a player on their books currently:
“When a player like Jonas, who permanently refines himself, is in the spotlight it is just a super story.
“There are worse problems for a club than having to deal with a player maybe leaving the club because he’s in incredible form.”
Liverpool will be hoping to have this one over the line long before his involvement in Euro 2016. A strong performance for the national side in France could see his value skyrocket – €10m for an international left back is an absolute steal – or see richer sides enter the race for his signature.
Neither are scenarios that Liverpool handle particularly well.
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