Liverpool are set to beat Arsenal in pursuit of Domagoj Vida, who has reportedly agreed a two-year deal to join the Reds this summer.
According to a report by Turkish outlet Aspor, Liverpool are inching closer to the acquisition of Domagoj Vida, who has agreed a two-year deal to join the Reds. The Croat has also been the subject of interest from Arsenal, Everton and West Ham United in this summer’s transfer window.
Vida has seen his stock skyrocket in recent weeks. A stunning World Cup campaign with Russia has made the 29-year-old a hot property in the transfer market, with several clubs eager to sign a centre-back this summer. Two of his high profile suitors are Arsenal and Liverpool, with the likes of Everton and West Ham also keeping track of him.
Arsenal have already bolstered the heart of defence this summer by signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos. But, the need to sign another centre-back for the short-term persists, with Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holdng still in the early stages of their formative years.
With Calum Chambers likely to be deployed in midfield and Laurent Koscielny unavailable for at least half the season, Arsenal could do with another centre-back, making Vida a viable target. But, Liverpool have been leading the race to sign the Croat for some time now.
At Anfield though, Vida is likely to be a rotation option with Dejan Lovren instead of being his compatriot’s partner at the back. Nevertheless, the player’s quality and experience makes him an ideal option for Liverpool to beef up the roster at the heart of defence.
Liverpool seem to have stepped up their efforts to sign Vida as well, contrary to reports in England which suggest that they will not sign the player. The article suggests that the Reds have agreed a two-year deal with the Croatian international, and are set to leave the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Everton in their wake.
Perhaps, the prospect of playing Champions League football would have enticed the player to join Liverpool instead of the other suitors vying for his signature. All that now remains for the Merseyside club is to reach an agreement with Besiktas over the player’s transfer.
With the Turkish giants commanding €25 million in exchange for his services, Liverpool are unlikely to be held back in their bid to secure the services of Vida. Arsenal, on the other hand, look like they will have to turn their attention elsewhere in search of defensive reinforcements.