Liverpool could be poised to complete one of Europe’s strongest midfield combinations.

“Liverpool, who are looking for a new defensive midfielder, are considering a move for Alan Varela (22, Porto),” Portuguese outlet Ozogo reported on Monday (Aug. 28).

Revamping the midfield was one of Liverpool’s top priorities last summer. With the departures of James Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, and Fabinho, a massive generational shift was inevitable.

The reinforcements went according to plan. A series of top-notch signings, such as Alexis Sanchez and Dominic Soboslawski, were touted as the best midfield in Europe.

Not that it didn’t leave something to be desired. Defensive midfielders were lacking. Wataru Endo, who joined the club this summer, was widely criticized for not being enough to fill Fabinho’s void.

As a result, the Reds are ready to make a move for a new defensive midfielder this summer. According to the report, Liverpool and Manchester City are among the clubs that have been linked with a move for Varela ahead of the summer transfer window.

Varela is considered to have the talent to become a top defensive midfielder in the future. Varela’s work-rate and aggressive tackling have been compared to Javier Mascherano’s at Liverpool.

At Porto, he has already established himself as an indispensable player. He has two goals and two assists in 28 games across all competitions this season. It”s enough to 안전놀이터 classify him as one of the core of the team.

He also proved his competitiveness in European competitions. Varela’s stock rose in the last 16 of the Champions League against Arsenal on May 22, when he shut down the opposition’s attack.

His signing would require a huge transfer fee. Porto have no intention of selling Varela. They would have to trigger a buyout clause to sign Varela.

This hasn’t deterred Liverpool’s interest in Varela. “Liverpool are willing to pay a €70 million buyout to sign Varela this summer,” Ozogo said.

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