According to a recent report from A Spor, Liverpool have agreed a contract with centre back Domagoj Vida, although have yet to meet the defender’s £22 million price-tag. The 29-year-old’s future at Turkish giants Besiktas has been subject of speculation in the last few weeks as a result of his excellent World Cup campaign, in which the Croatia international helped his country reach the showpiece in Russia, although they went down 4-2 to France in Moscow earlier this month.
Nonetheless, Vida’s efforts have certainly attracted much attention including from Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp, and were they to indeed seal a £22 million deal for the 29-year-old, it could prove to be the best £22 million the Reds have spent in many a year.
Ultimately, the Merseyside giants deserve great credit for the business they have already conducted in the summer window to date, with almost all signings made to help bolster areas of the Reds squad that seemed in need of improvement if they are to fight for the Premier League title.
Alisson’s arrival is arguably the most important given Loris Karius’ struggles between the sticks at the rear end of last season, while Fabinho and Naby Keita will improve the midfield ranks – plus the addition of Xherdan Shaqiri to strengthen the attacking department, and the Reds have acted wisely so far.
And it would be just as wise if Klopp’s side spent a relatively modest £22 million on Vida, as the centre back department still remains an area of concern to some people despite Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January.
Yes, the Dutchman’s addition has no doubt helped solidify and thus strengthen the Reds backline, yet there remains some concerns over the season-long capabilities of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, and Ragnar Klavan, as all three made errors last time round.
And to win the Premier League title, one needs a formidable centre back partnership, and they could well get that with van Dijk and Croatia’s Vida.
The 29-year-old enjoyed an outstanding World Cup campaign in appearing in six of Croatia’s seven matches to reach the final, and alongside earning a move to Besiktas from Dynamo Kiev back in January, it’s clear that the defender is beginning to catch the eye with several impressive performances.
Yes, he is 29 and a move wouldn’t represent an overly long-term purchase, but that is why £22 million represents good value for money, especially for a club that have so far spent over £150 million in the summer window – Vida’s addition would be arguably just as important as most of the others.
Thus, were the Reds to indeed meet the £22 million valuation for the defender, it could well be the best £22 million they have spent in recent years.
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