Liverpool complete first signing of the summer before transfer window even opens

Liverpool complete first signing of the summer before transfer window even opens

Liverpool have been linked with Evan Ndicka with the Eintracht Frankfurt defender currently free to sign a pre-contract agreement

Only seven free agents have been signed by Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership at Anfield, but new rumors indicate that number may rise this summer.

Their top target, Jude Bellingham, is still Liverpool, but signing him would set a club record transfer fee of more than £100 million. The Reds are still thought to be interested in Matheus Nunes and Mason Mount, so if they sign the England international, he wouldn’t be the only new addition to the midfield.

A deal like this, which would require three new midfielders, might cost about £200 million. It is also unclear what financial resources Liverpool will even have available to them in the future given the uncertainty surrounding their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Although midfield is the top priority, Klopp will also need to fill other positions this summer. Prior to the likely departures of Caoimhin Kelleher, Nat Phillips, and Joel Matip, it is debatably also necessary to get a new backup goalkeeper and a new center back.

If Liverpool has made significant expenditures elsewhere, the money may not be available for other high-priced signings in areas that aren’t as important to them. As a result, Bosman transfers can be advantageous for the Reds.

When Liverpool moves to sign an out-of-contract player in the past, it usually involved either a backup goalkeeper or a young player with exceptional talent who would still demand a compensation price.

Alex Manninger, Adrian, and Andy Lonergan, out of Klopp’s seven free agents recruited since October 2015, checked the first box; Dominic Solanke, Harvey Elliott, and Fabio Carvalho all checked the second.

According to the Reds’ confirmation that they had a pre-contract agreement with the defender in February 2016, Matip is the only high-profile Bosman deal that was completed during Klopp’s leadership.

Nevertheless, current rumours indicate Liverpool might be considering a similar replacement for the Cameroonian as they continue to be linked to a transfer for Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka.

A quick left-sided center-back, the 23-year-old can also play left-back or in defensive midfield.

He won the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt the previous season and has since gained crucial Champions League experience with the Bundesliga club.

He is a threat at set pieces and scored four goals in the Bundesliga last year, standing at 6 feet 3 inches. He’s also at ease with the ball, and he previously played for France’s youth teams alongside Reds defender Ibrahima Konate.

In other words, he fulfills many criteria. And after rejecting a final contract offer from Frankfurt, he will likely be made available this summer on a free transfer. Of course, this is another desirable quality, especially as it would allow Liverpool to devote more transfer funds to acquiring midfielders.

When Ndicka enters the final three months of his contract, interested teams may speak with him without the Bundesliga club’s consent. There is therefore nothing stopping Reds management from agreeing to sign the 23-year-old defender immediately on a pre-contract deal if Klopp is interested in him.

Of course, other teams besides Liverpool are rumored to be keeping an eye on the center-back, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ndicka would still play out his contract with Frankfurt before formally moving on when it expires, however the Reds or any other interested team is able to agree to sign him now.

But, Liverpool is becoming more and more associated with the France youth international, and before the transfer season has even opened, he might be the Reds’ first acquisition of the summer.

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