As far as any reliable reports go, Liverpool aren’t planning to be in the market for a centre half this summer. Still, for many fans at least, Joël Matip’s injury record remains concerning, Joe Gomez is unproven, and Ragnar Klavan isn’t getting any younger.
Add it all together and a lot of people want Liverpool to be in the market for a centre half. And earlier today, a series of reports out of Turkey briefly boosted those hopes with news the Reds had submitted a bid for Besiktas’ 29-year-old Domagoj Vida.
Those reports, though, were quickly shot down on the Liverpool end—the Reds not only haven’t submitted a bid, they aren’t even interested in or to Besiktas about the veteran Croatian defender who partners Dejan Lovren at the international level.
Those earlier Turkish reports claimed two Liverpool bids had actually been rejected, the second in the region of £16M after having had an initial £12M offer denied, with further claims Besiktas were holding out for a fee closer to £30M for the player.
They also said West Ham, Fulham, and Everton were interested in Vida. Which might go a long ways towards explaining Liverpool’s supposed interest in the player as nothing more than an attempt by Besiktas to drive up bidding amongst those clubs.
Liverpool may not actually be interested, but if the likes of Everton can be convinced a bigger club is about to swoop in and steal their target they might be convinced to up their own offer to get it done quickly.