After missing out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, Liverpool needs to move quickly in the window.
After expressing interest in Carlos Baleba of Lille after passing on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, Liverpool might be about to imitate Brighton’s transfer strategy.
Fans of Liverpool had a frustrating week last week as news of their pursuit of midfielders Caicedo and Lavia came thick and fast, but the club was beaten out on both occasions by Chelsea’s financial might.
Being without a player to fill that position since the start of the season is undoubtedly concerning as Liverpool’s need for a defensive midfielder becomes a fundamental problem.
Brighton is one team that has done a better job than anyone else in recent years of replacing and replenishing their roster. Two years after purchasing Caicedo for a pittance of about £4 million, he has just become the most expensive British transfer of all time, and Brighton is already looking to sign his replacement just days after his sale.
The Daily Mail reported that Liverpool are one of several clubs interested in the highly-rated young midfielder from Lille. Now, Brighton has also expressed interest in Baleba and is prepared to pay £15 million in addition to add-ons for his services.
Although the 19-year-old is still very young, Liverpool may want to join the race given Brighton’s continued success in the market. After all, they have recovered a sizable sum of money from players who joined for low fees and went on to become stars.
It’s the kind of transfer that Liverpool would have once been praised for. Michael Edwards and later Julian Ward worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure their transfer policy was the envy of all the other top teams in the nation and throughout Europe.
A few years ago, they were given the opportunity to purchase Enzo Fernandez for just £15 million after he just delivered an incredibly convincing man of the match performance against Liverpool.
They won’t want to repeat that error because he has since developed into one of the best young midfielders in the world, helping Argentina win the World Cup and breaking the British transfer record earlier this year.
Following Brighton’s low-risk, high-reward strategy isn’t something we typically see top teams do, but at this point, Liverpool might be desperate enough to try it given how scarce the market for defensive midfielders currently appears to be.