Liverpool working on deal for Croatian Marseille center-back Duje Caleta Car
Liverpool move closer to Marseille center-back Duje Caleta Car, but the French team’s struggle to find a replacement jeopardizes the deal as Jurgen Klopp seeks to FINALLY bolster his exhausted defense
Liverpool have made a move for Marseille center-back Duje Caleta Car as the deadline approaches, but the French side’s struggle to find a replacement has raised doubts.
The Croatia international came close to joining West Ham United last summer for Â£ 22million, but turned them down in hopes of playing Champions League football in the future.
Because, who is comfortable with the ball and a left defender, is a key member of AndrÃ© Villas-Boas’ squad – starting 24 times for the Ligue 1 team this season – and has now become a target. to strengthen Liverpool’s bottom line.
Liverpool hope to bring in defender Duje Caleta Car (L) before deadline day ends
The club have suffered a number of defensive injuries, including to key man Virgil van Dijk (R)
However, as the 24-year-old agreed to come, Marseille’s inability to find an immediate replacement called the deal into question on Sunday night.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to add to his defensive options after seeing his team suffer a number of injuries this season – Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez being sidelined for long stretches, while Joel Matip has also struggled with fitness.
The Reds have agreed a Â£ 2million deal with Preston North End defender Ben Davies and Klopp is hopeful that a deal for Caleta-Car can still be clawed back.
Speaking after their 3-1 win at West Ham, Klopp said: âOn transfers there is nothing to say until something is done, and that is if something is done. ”
Car is a great physical presence at 6’4 ” and a good passer – making him a good choice for Liverpool’s expansive and fast tempo setup under Klopp. He has ten caps for his national team and was part of the Croatia squad that reached the 2018 World Cup final.
The 24-year-old will have heard about life at Anfield from compatriot and Croatian teammate Dejan Lovren, who spent six years at the club before leaving for Zenit St Petersburg last summer.
Croatia international Car is comfortable on the ball and a physical presence at the back
The 24-year-old has made 76 appearances for the French side since signing a Â£ 16million contract in 2018
Marseille had to face protests from supporters over the weekend after storming their training ground and unleashing angry fireworks and smoke bombs at club officials.
Liverpool have a list of alternative targets alongside their interest in Car as the club look to back Klopp in the market and boost their hopes of retaining their Premier League title.
Because, has been with Marseille for three years and has made 76 appearances for the French club, scoring three times.
He started his career with Croatian team HNK Sibenik, before moving to Austrian club FC Juniors OO and catching the attention of Red Bull Salzburg, where he spent four years and made more than 130 club appearances. . They sold him in Marseille for Â£ 16million in 2018.