As per German outlet Express, Liverpool are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach duo Marcus Thuram and Denis Zakaria.
The Reds have been linked with the duo, with it being said they will cost over €100m (£87.7m) combined – Zakaria has a value of €45m (£39.5m), and Thuram could cost over €50m (£43.8m).
The current pandemic causing havoc across the planet is likely to impact plenty of planned transfer business this summer, but the report says that Manchester United – another side said to be pursuing Switzerland international Zakaria – and the Anfield outfit will not be overly affected.
The Merseyside club have been linked with a number of big names in recent months – Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz and Kylian Mbappe are just three who spring to mind. However, looking at Jurgen Klopp’s transfer business during his time in the hot-seat, those arrivals would be out of character.
Many of the main stars in this current Liverpool side have only become household names since joining the club. Sadio Mane, for example, was plying his trade at Southampton, whilst Mohamed Salah was beginning to restore his reputation after failing to make the grade at Chelsea. As Jamie Carragher has said in the past, Liverpool make stars rather than buy the finished article.
Both Zakaria and Thuram have enjoyed impressive campaigns in the Bundesliga. They have managed average WhoScored ratings of 7.15 and 7.33 in the German top flight respectively, whilst they also have eight goals and 10 assists between them so far. However, despite those eye-catching stats, neither of them are universally known – if you asked the average football fan in the UK who either of them are, it is unlikely the majority would be able to answer.
Yes, the combined price is not cheap but, considering Sancho, Havertz and Mbappe have all had quoted prices of well over £80m, Zakaria and Thuram could represent value for money. They look to be the the perfect fit for Klopp’s philosophy.
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