According to a recent report from Milliyet (via The Daily Star), Liverpool will begin talks with Besiktas about a move for Domagoj Vida in the next few days. The centre back enjoyed a fine World Cup with Croatia earlier this summer in helping his country reach the showpiece in Russia, only to go down 4-2 to France in a thrilling final in Moscow.
Yet it appears that the 29-year-old’s efforts have attracted much attention in recent weeks, not least from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who would complete a remarkable summer of business with the addition of the Croatian ace in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, Klopp have been extremely busy in the transfer window so far this summer in trying to turn the Reds into a team capable of challenging for the Premier League, having seemingly plugged key areas of the squad with shrewd additions so far.
Fabinho and Naby Keita have both moved to Anfield in a bid to give the Liverpool manager more options in the middle of the park, while Xherdan Shaqiri’s arrival from Stoke will go some way to bolstering the attacking ranks which, outside of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah, are somewhat lacking in genuine quality.
And with Roma goalkeeper Alisson also moving to Merseyside, in a bid to finally replace the unconvincing Loris Karius, it seems that Klopp is slowly but surely building a squad ready to challenge the likes of Manchester City for the Premier League title – Vida’s arrival would only aid in that quest.
The 29-year-old was outstanding for Croatia alongside Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren in helping his country reach the World Cup final, with the defender starting six of their seven games in reaching the showpiece, helping them to two clean sheets in the group stages and indeed netting in their 2-2 draw with Russia in the quarter-final.
Add in his excellent exploits for Besiktas in the second half of last season, having only moved to the Turkish giants back in January, alongside five fine years at Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev, and it’s clear that Vida is the sort of centre back that could strike quite the partnership with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of Klopp’s backline.
And with the other centre back position arguably the one area of the squad that still remains somewhat unconvincing, despite Lovren’s efforts in Russia this summer, it’s pretty clear that landing Vida this summer would complete a remarkable summer of business from the Merseyside giants.
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