With the rumours swirling around the future of Liverpool’s young German-international, Emre Can, the gossip has gone into overdrive with links to possible replacements for the midfielder.
The most recent of these comes out of Spain, where publications there suggest that Klopp is interested in midfielder Roque Mesa, currently playing for Las Palmas. The 27-year-old defensive midfielder cracked into the Las Palmas side in 2011 and has been there ever since.
He’s said to have several suitors vying for his attention, among those the German powerhouse Bayern Munich, as well as Sevilla and Everton, among others — three teams that one does not normally see grouped together. Sevilla are said to have put a bid on the player in January which Las Palmas refused.
The rumour is that Mesa won’t come cheap. There’s talk of a €30 million release clause worked into his contract, which Las Palmas would surely look to capitalize one, should they sell him this summer.
While Liverpool have been known to drop the cash when the situation warrants it, it’s hard to imagine them triggering this €30 million release clause, especially on a 27-year-old defensive midfielder with no senior caps with La Roja.
Should contract negotiations truly stall with Can, Liverpool will need to find another midfield option to take his place — a situation they are no doubt preparing for, just in case. Still, Mesa seems an unlikely choice to replace him.