Liverpool have been heavily linked with Germany international Jonas Hector, so much so his club manager Peter Stoger has discussed a potential deal.
He’s claimed that his club would have to ‘consider’ a figure of €10m, only £7.9m, certainly not expensive in today’s climate – especially for Germany’s starting left-back.
“I don’t have to talk about what may happen in the summer,” Stoger told German magazine Kicker, cited in the Echo. “But if somebody should offer us a three-figure million sum, we’d probably give in. If a two-figure million sum is offered, we’d consider it.
“And if Jonas Hector says that he doesn’t want to stay here, we’d have to face up to it.”
Hector’s been a fixture in the Bundesliga this term and his performances have brought him to Joachim Lowe’s attention before Euro 2016. The 25-year-old is accomplished defensively and offensively and scored a goal for his country against Italy during the international break.
Hector himself recently spoke up a potential move as well. “You always have to consider whether you are ready to take the next step,” he told ESPN. “[If Klopp called] Then I would have to think about it.”
Left-back is certainly an area that could do with an upgrade this summer. Alberto Moreno’s got something, but too often he’s proved himself a defensive liability this term, although he is only 23 and could improve. Brad Smith’s also an option, but is down the pecking order right now, while Jon Flanagan and Nathaniel Clyne can play the position as well.
If we could do business with Cologne for around the €10m fee, it’s certainly something Liverpool should and probably will consider.