Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, is said to be interested in acquiring Antonio Rudiger, a defender for Real Madrid.
The Merseyside giants, who have the greatest defensive record in the league, defeated Bournemouth 4-0 on Sunday night to reclaim a five-point lead atop the Premier League rankings.
But with Joel Matip out of contract in the summer and out of the lineup for the remainder of the season owing to a knee injury, Klopp may soon make improving the team’s defence a top goal.
Matip would become one of Liverpool’s two important centre backs at age 33 in 2023–24 if he were to get new terms, despite rumours suggesting he would receive them. The other centre back would be Virgil van Dijk.
While Joe Gomez and Jarell Quansah are viable options, Ibrahima Konate is a clear first choice when healthy. However, there is a sense that a high-profile signing for the centre of the backline will arrive in the summer.
Nacional claims that Klopp is now considering his alternatives and has his eye on Rudiger as a player.
The 30-year-old, who has made 44 starts and eight substitute appearances in La Liga during his first 18 months at the Bernabeu, may be happy with his amount of playing time.
Due to injuries to other important defenders, the Germany international is being relied upon for 21 starts and eight bench appearances in other tournaments.
Even yet, the report implies that Rudiger, who is itching for a new deal with Los Blancos, is open to hearing Liverpool’s offer.
Though he is less than halfway through a four-year contract, Rudiger is said to believe he will soon be eligible for further terms.
Real Madrid will supposedly have more financial flexibility in the summer transfer window, when they are anticipated to make changes to the first team roster, despite the fact that their funds have been tight throughout 2023–24.
It’s unclear whether any bids would be made for Rudiger, but because he joined Real from Chelsea on a free transfer, Real would gain a lot of ground in terms of FFP position.
Rudiger was seen as one of the Premier League’s top defenders when he was at Stamford Bridge, where he also contributed to the Blues’ 2020–21 Champions League victory.