Liverpool ready to end pursuit of priority target after quoted high fee - report
By Alex Taylor
Liverpool will end their interest in priority target Ben Chilwell unless Leicester lower their valuation of the left-back, according to a report.
Football website Transfer Tavern, citing The Liverpool Echo, claim that Jurgen Klopp’s side will turn their attention away from the 19-year-old in favour of other targets as the club attempt to find genuine competition for Alberto Moreno.
The established Anfield left-back has come under fire this season from pundits after a string of high profile errors cost Liverpool goals.
The Echo claim that the Merseyside club have made an offer of £5million plus £2million in add-ons for Chilwell.
But the Premier League champions reportedly want £10million for the highly rated left-back, who has a year left on his current contract.
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Chilwell is yet to make his Premier League debut but he did spend the first half of last season on loan at Huddersfield under the management of Jurgen Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund colleague David Wagner.
The England Under-21 international made eight appearances for the Yorkshire side and it is reported that Wagner recommended the full-back to Klopp after a successful loan.
With little over a year left on his contract he is becoming an increasingly enticing target for clubs willing to invest in a promising young player.
One option that remains for Liverpool is to wait and move for Chilwell once the Bedford-born youngster becomes available as a free agent next summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have already agreed a deal in principle to sign Piotr Zielinski for £11million from Udinese.