Liverpool: Reds backed to seek Luka Sucic summer transfer
Liverpool are believed to have Red Bull Salzburg attacking midfielder Luka Sucic on their transfer radar ahead of the summer – and he could be available for as little as €15m (£13m).
The Lowdown: Sucic turning heads at Anfield
20-year-old Sucic is currently a regular starter at Salzburg and has notched four assists in all competitions so far this term.
While he is yet to bag this season, he showed his goalscoring prowess last year, scoring eight times in what was his first full campaign in the Austrian Bundesliga.
According to Football Transfers, journalist Jacque Talbot claimed that the Croatian could have a release clause of up to €20m (£18m).
The Latest: Jurgen Klopp ‘would like’ Sucic at Liverpool
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Talbot elaborated on his report by highlighting why Liverpool may have Sucic on their transfer wishlist going into the summer window.
He said: “[He is] on Liverpool’s list ahead of a summer move. So we’ve heard that the release clause is somewhere between €15-20m, but we need to stand that up with people at Salzburg.
“He can play No 10, No 8, a variety of positions; relatively cheap, even if the release isn’t that – we believe it is [£20m].
“Fantastic player, tall, towering, can score goals, can do a lot of things. You can see why someone like Klopp would like him.”
The Verdict: Versatility could be key for Klopp
Given that Sucic has played across the midfield throughout his short career to date, he could provide a refreshing outlet for Jurgen Klopp if he was able to lure him to Anfield.
It has been well-documented that Liverpool’s midfield is in dire need of an upgrade, and with some players already looking close to the exit door, it is no surprise to see the Reds linked with players in this area of the pitch.
Sucic’s versatility is clearly not his only asset, as his evident threat through his goalscoring figures and height makes him seem like an all-rounder – while his reported asking price makes it almost too good to be true.
Indeed, Klopp has a history of searching for bargains in this area of the world, as he brought in Takumi Minamino for a measly £7.25m – and although the Japan international hardly set the world alight on Merseyside, it is clear that the production line at Salzburg continues to be impressive.
We may be some months away from the transfer window opening, but it is surely encouraging nevertheless that Liverpool have exciting plans in the offing ahead of the coming months.