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Rumor Mongering: Xabi Alonso Blocks Liverpool Swoop For Bayer Leverkusen Star

The Bayer manager and ex-Liverpool midfielder is battling to keep his star defender from moving to Anfield in the January window. 

VfB Stuttgart - Bayer Leverkusen Photo by Tom Weller/picture alliance via Getty Images

Liverpool are top of the Premier League with half of the campaign gone. Through to both the Europa League knockout stages and the semifinals of the League Cup, and with the FA Cup rounds still to come, Jurgen Klopp will know that seizing the opportunity to bolster his squad in the upcoming January transfer window could make the difference in what could yet be a promising season.

One potential spanner in the works is the depth in the defensive positions, particularly at center half. Joel Matip’s season-ending ACL injury has left the Reds’ boss with the brittle pair of Joe Gomez—already filling in at full back due to injuries—and Ibrahima Konate to partner Virgil Van Dijk in the heart of defense, with promising academy youngster Jarell Quansah chipping in where he can.

The rumor mill has correctly surmised that Anfield club are likely interested bolstering a shaky area of the squad by moving up any of the summer moves for center halves they had been plotting into the winter window.

The mongerers have subsequently identified Bayer Leverkusen starlet Piero Hincapié as a target of interest to the table-topping Reds, according to German outlet Kicker. However, one complication is that the German club happen also to currently sit at the summit of their own league table, four points ahead of holders Bayern Munich, with nearly half the season gone.

Another roadblock is that Bayer manager and former Liverpool star, Xabi Alonso is said to have blocked a transfer away for the Ecuadorian international, as he seeks to hold onto his stars in his quest to break Bayern’s ludicrous 11-year stranglehold on the Bundesliga trophy.

The 21-year-old, who is also capable of playing left back, is currently signed to Leverkusen through 2027, and a transfer fee of €70m has been mooted as what will be required for any move to occur. While it is difficult to imagine Liverpool owners, FSG, sanctioning such a fee for a likely backup center half, Hincapié’s positional versatility could convince the club that a move could be fruitful.

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