Report: Winner named in Liverpool race for international defender, now set for medical
By Danny Wright
Liverpool have lost out in the race to sign Fenerbahce centre-back Simon Kjaer, according to a report.
Turkish-Football claims that the Reds were very keen on the Danish international defender, who is now set to undergo a medical at Sevilla on Tuesday afternoon.
The La Liga side confirmed on their official website on Sunday that the 28-year-old will pen a four-year deal with them as long as his medical goes without a hitch.
According to Turkish-Football, Sevilla will be splashing £11.6million in order to land Kjaer, but Fenerbahce were said to be looking to drag out a potential sale as long as possible in order to benefit from Liverpool or AC Milan’s panic-buying.
However it is said that the Istanbul club were desperate to pick up funds as soon as possible in order for them to bring in a new striker ahead of the upcoming season.
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Kjaer played 43 times across all competitions for Fenerbahce last season, scoring three goals in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
Kjaer would have definitely been a good addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad, especially if the German manager missed out on Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool can’t afford to put all their eggs in one basket with the Dutchman, but Kjaer would have still been a good addition even if van Dijk signed. The big Dane is a lot more experienced, but is unproven in the Premier League. However he has performed at a number of different top leagues all over Europe, meaning that he could have easily adapted to life in England. Joel Matip is the only centre-back that is good enough to help Liverpool reach their ambitious goals in the future. He needs a top-class partner at the back, but a decent back-up option would also be welcome.