Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the Reds still haven’t reached an agreement with Moises Caicedo over a move to Anfield.
The Reds sensationally outbade Chelsea overnight, agreeing to pay a club record £110m for the Ecuadorian international but, when asked about the transfer in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Klopp said:
“I can confirm that the deal with the club is agreed, whatever that means exactly in the end because we need an agreement with the player. We will see.”
It is believed that Klopp will speak to Caicedo today in order to convince him. Up until now, the 21-year-old has had his heart set on a move to Chelsea, and it remains to be seen whether Klopp can persuade him.
Reports had suggested that a medical could even take place on Friday but these claims are clearly premature, with the club denying that story at the press conference.
Considering the Reds withdrew from a deal to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer due to the cost of the transfer, it is very surprising to see the Merseysiders now willing to pay a similar fee for another player.
When asked about what prompted the U-turn, Klopp claimed that the departures of both captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho had changed the club’s mindset.
Klopp stressed that Liverpool are stretching themselves to the limit by shelling out so much on the Ecuadorian so fans should expect the player to be the final signing of the summer transfer window if he agrees to join the club.
The Reds were reportedly hoping to land a centre-back and, potentially, another midfielder but Klopp will have to make do with what he has.