Liverpool face competition from Arsenal for £26.9million World Cup star

Domagoj Vida

Arsenal are considering a late bid to sign Croatia defender Domagoj Vida from Besiktas, according to the Evening Standard.

The report claims that the Gunners would have to pay around £26.9million to sign the central defender and are willing to include a player – Danny Welbeck or David Ospina, to reduce the price of the defender.

However, the club want to sell the player only on a cash deal and the Evening Standard also adds that Vida is keen on a move to England, with Liverpool keeping a tab on the situation.

The World Cup finalist is under contract at Besiktas until 2022 and the report claims that a number of clubs from Italy and Spain are also interested in him. This would put English clubs at a disadvantage as our transfer window closes today.

Liverpool do have their own injury problems at the back, with Joel Matip picking up an injury in pre-season. Jurgen Klopp was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying that Dejan Lovren isn’t guaranteed to play in the match against West Ham, as he only started training on Monday.

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Klopp also added that he was not sure of what the Reds might do on the final day of the transfer window (h/t ESPN) and if the injuries to our centre-backs are long-term, it would make sense to bring someone in just to be sure we have enough options at the back for the gruelling season ahead.

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