Liverpool have made contact regarding Feyenoord defender David Hancko, as confirmed by the player’s agent.
The interest from Liverpool in acquiring David Hancko has been disclosed by the agent of the Slovakia international.
Having joined Feyenoord in a €6m deal from Sparta Prague in August 2022, the 26-year-old defender has excelled, contributing significantly to Feyenoord’s triumph in the Eredivisie last season. Throughout the campaign, he made 45 appearances across all competitions for the Dutch club.
Despite the likelihood of Feyenoord not retaining the title this year, the club currently occupy the second position in the table and are well-positioned to qualify for the Champions League once again.
David Hancko primarily operates as a left-sided centre-back, showcasing his versatility by also being adept at playing in the left-back position.
Liverpool had initially sought a player with similar attributes last summer, although they had leaned towards a younger option. Eventually, the club chose to prioritise additional midfield signings over a defensive addition.
Joel Matip’s season-ending ACL injury and imminent contract expiration have prompted Liverpool to seek a new center-back when the season concludes. Recent reports indicated the Reds’ interest in Hancko, though Feyenoord stands firm on their €45m valuation and resists a January sale.
In response to the speculation, Hancko’s agent confirmed Liverpool’s contact regarding the Slovakian player. Despite this, the agent expressed the expectation that Hancko will remain with Feyenoord, at least for the time being.
“As an agency, we are in contact not only with these two clubs (Liverpool and PSG), but also with others who are looking into David’s situation,” Branislav Jasurek from agency FairSport International, which represents the defender, told TN.cz when asked about reported interest from Liverpool.
“I estimate that 80-90% David will stay in Rotterdam, because Feyenoord is fighting for the Champions League and the people at Feyenoord know that David Hancko will be sold, even in the summer, and maybe better than now.
“It would have to be one of the big clubs. He will certainly not go from Feyenoord Rotterdam, which is going to play in the Champions League, to a club that will play in the second half of the Premier League.
“It is special about David that he still wants to talk with the coach. We believe that in the summer he will choose and choose the best in terms of sports, just like it was with Sparta Prague, which he preferred over other teams. Likewise with Feyenoord Rotterdam, which he preferred over other and more financially lucrative offers.
“If he transfers, it will definitely be great because he will transfer to a big club. But even if he doesn’t transfer, I think that David is happy in Rotterdam and nothing big will happen.”
Hancko remains under contract with Feyenoord until 2028. Before joining Sparta Prague, he briefly played for Serie A’s Fiorentina, where his playing time was restricted.
Despite staying with Feyenoord, the 26-year-old could potentially feature at Anfield this season. Following their third-place finish in the Champions League group, Feyenoord are set to compete against AS Roma in the Europa League knockout round play-offs.
If they emerge victorious against the Italians, Feyenoord will be among the eight teams that Liverpool might face in the round-of-16.
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