For more than two years, persistent rumours out of Turkey have linked Liverpool with 25-year-old goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır, with stories all the way back in 2019 claiming the Reds wanted to sign the stopper for a then-£18M fee despite already having Alisson Becker as their number one.
Like clockwork, every couple of months since, there seems to be a new story, with the only thing that ever changes being the price—inevitably, it keeps ticking slowly upwards. And so we find ourselves in 2021 with reports out of Turkey again saying the Reds want Çakır, who would now cost £23M.
That’s according to Turkey’s Fanatik, who claim that after years of inquiries, Liverpool will make a firm offer for the now 25-year-old this summer. However, any deal won’t be quick or easy, as Trabzonspor plan on waiting until after the Euros since a strong performance there could raise the price.
Needless to say, it’s difficult to imagine Liverpool paying £23M for a backup goalkeeper in a summer in which they will have other priorities and money will be tight due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine Liverpool paying £23M for a backup goalkeeper regardless anything else.
So. It’s probably safe to rule out Çakır to Liverpool. Again. Until we inevitably see the rumours pop up again in Turkey before the Euros. And then probably after the Euros. But maybe, hopefully, somebody else will buy him this summer and the Liverpool rumours will finally stop.