Reports in Spain claim that Liverpool could be about to sign a World Cup winner.
Spanish publication Superdeporte understands that Anfield officials will travel to Valencia on Sunday to finalise a deal for defender Shkodran Mustafi – a member of Germany’s 2014 squad in Brazil.
The 24-year-old has performed well in a struggling Valencia side over the last couple of years, and has maintained his place in the international team to make Germany’s 23 for Euro 2016 this summer.
He previously had three years at Sampdoria, after failing to make the grade at Everton. He joined our Merseyside rivals in May 2009, and left two and a half years later having never made a Premier League appearance, with his only outing coming as a 75th-minute substitute in a Europa League game.
Mustafi has good pedigree and potential to get better. He would fit Jurgen Klopp’s profile for a centre-back – robust enough to handle English football and technically gifted to play out from the back.
And Klopp is likely to want to add another defender to his ranks. Although Mamadou Sakho will be available again after his doping offence, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure have been tipped to leave.
But this rumour appears to have come out of nowhere, and does not come from a particularly reputable source – for Liverpool news at least – so could be total rubbish. We will just have to watch this space.
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