Xabi Alonso Star and Two Other Realistic Defensive Transfers Liverpool Should Consider This Summer

Liverpool may be considering bolstering their center-back options in the upcoming summer transfer window. Among the viable options, one particularly notable option hails from a team that Liverpool recently faced in the Europa League.

The forward line and midfield of Liverpool have undergone significant rebuild in recent seasons, prompting the club’s recruitment team to now focus on strengthening the defense. With Joël Matip’s contract set to expire in just over three months and Virgil van Dijk entering the final year of his deal in June, there is uncertainty surrounding the defensive lineup.

Consequently, the club have likely been strategising ahead of the transfer window, anticipating a period of transition once a successor to Jürgen Klopp is appointed. Interestingly, both Xabi Alonso and Rúben Amorim, leading contenders for the managerial position, favor a three-at-the-back formation.

Newsnow Liverpool has identified three potential transfer targets to bolster their squad for a potential move to Anfield. The focus is on realistic options, ruling out a move for Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo.

Giorgio Scalvini – Atalanta

If Liverpool are to progress to the Europa League final, overcoming Atalanta is imperative. CEO Michael Edwards and sporting director Richard Hughes will closely observe Italy international Giorgio Scalvini in action against the Italian side, although he is likely already under their scrutiny.

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Since his debut for the Serie A club in 2021, Scalvini has experienced a meteoric ascent, cementing his position as a starter for Italy on the international stage. With a valuation of $49m (£39m/€45m) according to TransferMarkt, he falls comfortably within Liverpool’s financial reach, particularly given his tender age of 21.

Scalvini frequently operates on the right side of a back three for Atalanta, but he also adapts to a back four formation for Italy. This versatility renders him a reliable choice, as he has demonstrated proficiency in advancing the ball and defending adeptly at a high standard.

Piero Hincapié – Bayer Leverkusen

Piero Hincapié presents itself as a viable option for Liverpool, fitting well within their budget constraints. TransferMarkt appraises his value at $38 million (£30 million/€35 million), although this valuation could experience a slight uptick if he secures the Bundesliga championship by season’s end.

According to FBref, Hincapié distinguishes himself among the global elite in progressive carries, ranking in the top percentile for center-backs. Additionally, he boasts promising statistics in passing and defensive capabilities. His familiarity with Liverpool’s system further enhances his appeal, potentially making him an ‘ideal’ signing akin to Xabi Alonso.

However, the feasibility of a deal hinges on Leverkusen’s willingness to engage in negotiations and Alonso’s disposition towards recruiting players from his former club, considering matters of respect. Despite these considerations, Hincapié remains a compelling option worthy of Liverpool’s attention.

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Tanguy Nianzou – Sevilla

Following a trajectory reminiscent of Ibrahima Konaté within the France youth system, Tanguy Nianzou presents a promising long-term prospect owing to his innate defensive prowess.

His debut for France U21 in September 2022 marked a significant milestone, although he has yet to fully realise his potential despite stints at Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. Nevertheless, Nianzou could emerge as a dependable, cost-effective option, offering depth coupled with considerable potential.

Notably, the 21-year-old excels in duels and particularly shines in tackling, a skill where he ranks in the top percentile among defenders according to FBref.

With a modest valuation of just $4.3m (£3.4m/€4m) by TransferMarkt, he represents an astute acquisition akin to Michael Edwards’ approach, potentially increasing in resale value following a move to Merseyside.

Richard Hughes’ first transfer window holds immense significance as it sets the tone for his tenure, with a focus on bolstering Liverpool’s defensive lineup likely to yield immediate dividends.

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