Liverpool are reportedly edging closer to securing the goalkeeping position, with a move for Lazio star Thomas Strakosha nearing completion.
According to Italian publication Calciomercato, Liverpool are edging closer to reinforcing their goalkeeping position. The Reds have been looking at various targets but seemed to have zeroed in on Lazio star Thomas Strakosha. And it seems, the player is closing in on a transfer to the Champions League finalists.
Thomas Strakosha arrived in Italy in 2013, with Lazio snapping up the then-highly-rated youngster from Panionios. The player though, did not establish himself as a first-team player at the Italian club until the 2016-17 season.
Now, the player is not only the undisputed first-choice at Lazio, but also the first choice for the Albanian National Team. The 2017-18 campaign saw him record 17 clean sheets in total while also winning the Italian Super Cup with Lazio.
Quick look at what Strakosha offers. valued around 26M£. pic.twitter.com/IIa7aGxodi
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Strakosha is still young and yet displays maturity in his game that has attracted Liverpool’s attention. Liverpool have been searching for a new first-choice for a few years. Simon Mignolet failed to be consistent enough and while Loris Karius was thought to have grown into a quality presence, his performance in the final of the Champions League proved just why the Reds need a better presence between the posts.
Liverpool were thought to be moving closer to signing Alisson Becker. But, the Brazilian seems inclined towards a potential move to Real Madrid. Also, AS Roma’s hefty asking price for the keeper is only going to rise after the World Cup, with Alisson the first-choice for Tite to guard the Brazil goal.
Liverpool have also been handed a boost in pursuit of Strakosha, with Lazio already close to confirming a deal for Silvio Proto, who is likely to be arriving from Anderlecht as Strakosha’s replacement. The report iterates that the club are now willing to do a deal for the Albanian for a fee of €30 million.
Liverpool though, might have to move fast, with Bayer Leverkusen also keeping a keen eye on the developments. The German outfit is scouring the market for a replacement for Bernd Leno, who joined Arsenal, and could lock down Strakosha as their new first-choice keeper.
As far as Liverpool are concerned, we feel Strakosha’s pursuit could become a case akin to Loris Karius. Liverpool should target established goalkeepers that are proven at the highest tier and while the Albanian has been good for Lazio, he is still young and is yet to man the line for a club as big and iconic as Liverpool.