Exclusive: Liverpool defender may be headed to Germany after major development

By Pete O’Rourke

Liverpool defender Corey Whelan may be headed to Germany with two Bundesliga clubs keen to sign him this summer on a free transfer, Football Insider understands.

The Merseyside giants announced last week that Whelan, 21, will leave Anfield when his contract expires at the end of the month, bringing to an end a 12-year association with the club.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that news of the right-back’s availability on a free transfer has alerted a number of Football League outfits as well as clubs from the second tier in Germany.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who joined Liverpool from Crewe at the age of nine, never made a first-team appearance for Liverpool, but he did captain the club’s Under-23s.

Whelan enjoyed two loan spells away from Liverpool during the last two seasons to gain valuable first-team experience.

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The right-back, who can also play at centre-back, had a six-month loan spell at Yeovil during the 2017/18 season, playing 11 games and scoring once.

Whelan also had a six-month stint at former club Crewe last season, making 18 appearances and scoring one goal.

In other LIverpool news, Football Insider can reveal an Anfield attacker has agreed the terms of a five-year contract as transfer beckons.