Liverpool’s top fullback target may be Leicester City starlet Ben Chilwell, but with a potential deal stalled for weeks now, a few new names have been added to the mix and old transfer rumours revived. Key among them is the rumour linking FC Köln fullback Jonas Hector with a move to Anfield.
If there is genuine interest from Liverpool in bringing in the 26-year-old German international, though, reports in Germanyclaim a deal won’t be at all clear cut, as Tottenham Hotspur are said to have been impressed by his showing at the Euros this summer and are now preparing to formalise their interest in the left back.
That solid showing at the Euros also has Hector’s price tag ticking higher, as a player who a month ago had been rumoured to be available for around £12M is now said to have had a £17M—or €20M—valuation put on him by Köln. At that price, it might well be that Liverpool would be happy to let Spurs have him.
All of Liverpool’s other rumoured left back targets so far have been younger and far less proven than Hector, something which has seemed to suggest a willingness to persist with 24-year-old Alberto Moreno, who remains a hugely promising and physically skilled if at times frustratingly inconsistent player.
Bringing in Hector for £17M, more than the club paid for Moreno two seasons ago, would send a very different message. It also has to be noted that though Hector is now a regular for Germany, most consider fullback to be that national team’s one real weak area. He is a good player; it’s just not clear he’s a £17M player.
Still, the German press seem certain that Liverpool are interested. And that now Tottenham are as well. Which means a deal for Hector might well be on the cards for at least one of the English clubs. Or, alternately, it could mean that Köln are floating Hector’s name and desperate to sell while his value is at its highest.