Liverpool have reportedly been offered the chance to sign defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this month from their Premier League rivals Arsenal F.C.
That’s according to the reliable journalist in Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Reds haven’t yet decided if they’ll try to sign the Greek centre-half before the end of the winter transfer window. Play 2000+ best online casino Australia games ahead of Liverpool v Manchester United showdown free or for real money.
Speaking on his Here We Go podcast (via Anfield Edition), the Italian journalist claimed Sokratis has been offered to Liverpool in the hopes his relationship with Jurgen Klopp may trigger a reaction. The duo worked together at Borussia Dortmund between 2013 and 2015.
Sokratis’ current contract with the North London club runs out in six months, so this report actually makes a great deal of sense. It’s a way for the Greek to secure his future and Arsenal can bag at least something.
However, potential transfer fees aren’t mentioned here in the report, but Transfermarkt suggest the centre-half is worth just over £3million.
If Liverpool are able to pick up Sokratis for around £1.5million and avoid paying over-the-top agent fees to agree a Bosman deal, it could be a good move.
Two question remain, however – 1. Is he good enough? 2. At 32, he’s a short-term option – will Klopp even be interested?
And it’s those two uncertainties that makes us think Liverpool will reject the chance to sign Sokratis, even if it’s said the Reds are yet to make a decision.
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