After first being floated by the Daily Star on Monday, rumours of Liverpool interest in Hoffenheim’s 24-year-old Swiss international centre half Fabian Schar have begun to take on a life of their own as they bounce from paper to paper and rumour monger to rumour monger this week.
According to the initial reports, Liverpool had been keeping an eye on Schar for a few months now at the club level and sent scouts to watch him play with Switzerland over the international break, and that a deal could be done—either in January or the summer—for a fee of around £9M.
However, since those reports first surfaced, rumours of Barcelona and Inter Milan interest have been tacked on, providing Liverpool with some rumoured competition for the big defender. And one imagines that with January still two months away there’s plenty of time for a few more clubs to be linked.
Alternately, that might just mean plenty of time for journalists with ties to the linked clubs to throw cold water on the rumours, as Schar would be unlikely to arrive at any of the three linked sides as a clear upgrade on their starting options—which would make him an odd January target.
Schar was highly rated at Basel, but he hasn’t been clear first choice at Hoffenheim so far—he started 19 league games last season, came off the bench five times, and was a healthy but unused substitute on nine occasions. In that light, a January move to Liverpool, Barcelona, or Inter seems unlikely.
He is a good player, one whose time at Basel showed some clear upside, but from Liverpool’s point of view he’s not an upgrade on Jöel Matip or Dejan Lovren, and a January bidding war for his services seems unlikely in the extreme.