Inter Milan have won the race to sign Liverpool goalkeeper target Andriy Lunin, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [04:59pm] that Lunin, 19, will be joining Inter after an impressive season at Zorya Luhansk, who are currently fourth in the Ukrainian Premier League.
It is understood that Liverpool and Leicester were in the hunt to sign the 6ft 2in colossus, but he has opted to move to the San Siro and will spend next season on loan at Bologna.
Football Insider verdict
Lunin would have been a decent signing for Liverpool, however he probably is not someone that is needed straight away. Jurgen Klopp will have to go out and get a new first-choice shot-stopper in the summer if he wants to make a drastic improvement to his squad and given Lunin’s tender age, he probably would have just been a back-up option or get loaned out for the season. The one-time Ukraine international has been in great form for Zorya this season and it’s no surprise that clubs have taken an interest in him. He has made 34 appearances across all competitions and kept 10 clean sheets, a decent return for a teenage goalkeeper. It will not be a surprise to see Lunin become a well-known goalkeeper in the future. If his loan deal goes well, he could soon start to push his way into the Inter Milan first-team, although that could be tough at the moment given that Samir Handanovic is one of Europe’s top stoppers. However he is 33-years-old and will have to be replaced at some point.
In other Liverpool news, Reds fans want this £22,000-a-week first teamer sold in the summer.