Liverpool are eyeing a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno after being priced out of moves for Jan Oblak and Alisson.
German media outlet Bild is reporting that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has now turned his attention to Leno after Atletico Madrid and Roma both quoted overpriced fees for Jan Oblak and Alisson.
Leno, who is valued at £25m by Bayer Leverkusen is a much cheaper alternative than Klopp’s first-choice targets Oblak and Alisson. Atletico has priced Oblak at €100m and Roma want €80m for Brazilian keeper Alisson.
With those kinds of inflated prices, Klopp has now turned to the German international who he sees will be value for money in today’s overpriced transfer market.
The 26-year-old was a shock omission from Joachim Low’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia which kicks off in one-weeks time. Leno lost his place as Germany’s number three keeper to PSG keeper Kevin Trapp who has hardly played any first-team football this season.
Liverpool will face competition from Napoli, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid for the German stoppers signature which could start a bidding war increasing the price of the player. However, we understand the Reds who failed with a £50m+ bids for Oblak and Alisson have plenty of money to spend on a new keeper.
With a big German influence led by Klopp at Anfield, Leno would certainly find a move to the Champions League finalist’s very attractive indeed.
Bayer Leverkusen have already given permission for the keeper to leave as long as his £25m release clause is met. Leverkusen have already signed a replacement in Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Lukas Hradecky, confirming plans are already in place for Leno’s departure from the Bay Arena.