Scouts deployed: Liverpool plot summer swoop for £17m-rated international defender - report
By Danny Wright
Liverpool are scouting Fenerbahce centre-back Simon Kjaer, according to a report.
Turkish-Football reports that sources close to the Istanbul club have revealed that Jurgen Klopp has sent his spies to keep a close eye on the experienced international defender.
The Reds have been monitoring the player regularly during the second half of the season.
Fenerbahce would want a fee of £17million for Kjaer, who has been an important part of their first team since he arrived from Lille in 2015.
The Turkish club will have to listen to offers in that ball park as they look to meet Financial Fair Play requirements next season.
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Kjaer is reluctant to leave the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium though as he recently told Fotospor that he has “no intention of leaving Turkey”.
According to the Express, both Manchester United and Chelsea were looking at signing him in the summer after an impressive showing in the Europa League.
The 28-year-old has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Fenerbahce this season, scoring three goals.
His side are currently third in the Turkish Super Lig, eight points behind the leaders and bitter Istanbul rivals Besiktas.
Kjaer hosts a wide range of experience that has seen him pick up 66 caps for Denmark as well as enjoying impressive spells at Wolfsburg, Roma, Lille and Palermo.
He was recognised for his strong performances this season with a place in the UEFA Europa League Team of the Group Stages.
Liverpool have struggled defensively this season and have conceded more goals than any other club in the Premier League’s top six.
Mamadou Sakho is playing well on loan at Crystal Palace while Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan have come under close scrutiny from the Anfield faithful.
Football Insider Verdict
Kjaer brings a lot of experience to the table and Liverpool could definitely do worse. Michael Keane and Kostas Manolas are both on the club’s radar but they could potentially cost a lot more than the Danish international. Kjaer is a European regular and understands what it is like to play for big clubs and have ambitions of winning trophies. Liverpool need this more than anything else as their squad is currently shy of players who can become regular silverware winners. The Reds should have a good look into bringing the 28-year-old to Anfield because he could become the latest Dane to become a part of the club’s folklore.
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