Liverpool could consider to sign their 'new van Dijk' but the star may be more costly than Dutchman
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Liverpool could consider to sign their ‘new van Dijk’ but the star may be more costly than Dutchman

Liverpool could consider to sign their ‘new van Dijk’ but the star may be more costly than Dutchman

Liverpool are in the market for a new central defender and have reportedly identified Levi Colwill of Chelsea as a potential transfer target. The teenager had an outstanding loan season at Brighton last year and anticipates regular first-team action next season.

Colwill was the most comparable player under 24 years old to Reds legend Virgil van Dijk in terms of crucial defensive statistics such as aerial duels, interceptions, and tackle success rate, according to data from StatsBomb. And he may be the ideal candidate to fill the enormous void the Dutchman will leave when he ultimately retires from the sport.

Colwill is anticipated to cost even more than the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton in January 2018 to acquire Van Dijk. It is believed that if he chooses to force a transfer away from Stamford Bridge, he will cost potential suitors around £80 million. Chelsea does not want to lose their young star, but if he chooses to do so, he will cost potential suitors approximately £80 million.

Colwill, who is 20 years old and weighing his options, has been linked to a move to Liverpool in multiple reports. According to reports, he is uncertain about his future at Chelsea and desires a consistent run in the first team before committing to the club.

Colwill’s contract terminates in 2025, and new manager Mauricio Pochettino will meet with the in-demand England Under-21 star this week to discuss his plans for the upcoming season. If Pochettino can guarantee that Colwill will be an integral part of his team, then there should be no concerns regarding the player’s prospective departure.

However, if this promise cannot be kept, Liverpool will be ready to sign him. The Reds are looking to add a left-footed central defender this summer and believe Colwill is their best option.

Other candidates include Josko Gvardiol of Leipzig, Jarrad Brainthwaite of Everton, Goncalo Inacio of Sporting Lisbon, and Micky van de Ven of Wolfsburg. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed to GiveMeSport that Liverpool intends to acquire a southpaw centre-back this summer, stating, “Yeah, the centre-back is something else they want to do.

“Of course, it’s not simple because they’re looking for a left-footed center back, and left-footed center backs are scarce on the market. So, let’s see who they find to fill that position.”

Tottenham recently abandoned their pursuit of Mick van de Ven following an abrupt price increase from Wolfsburg, clearing the way for Liverpool to pursue the Dutchman this summer if they so choose.

Liverpool could consider to sign their ‘new van Dijk’ but the star may be more costly than Dutchman