Liverpool are apparently considering a move for Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, having scouted the Spaniard extensively in the past few months, according to a report from Football Facts this afternoon.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of Llorente and sent scouts to watch him in action against Levante prior to the international break and are now interested in making an official bid for him in January — especially in the wake of Gomez’s injury.
The Reds are set to face stiff competition for Llorente’s signature, with fellow Premier League sides West Ham, Fulham and Tottenham also believed to be tracking him, while Real Madrid had a first-call clause inserted in his contract when he left the Bernabeu meaning they can resign him for as little as €25m, a clause they may be open to activating.
For all other clubs, there is believed to be a €50m release clause present in Llorente’s contract, despite the fact Sociedad reportedly value him at closer to €80m.
Llorente’s fine form at the Anoeta Stadium has earned him a recall to the Spanish national side in recent months; although an ankle injury disrupted his progress.
He could be a fantastic addition at the back alongside Van Dijk, but you have to wonder if any big money centre-back signing would be predatory to Gomez’s overall development, who’s been sensational this term.