This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Turkish-Football, Liverpool have entered the race to sign Ugurcan Cakir.
Jurgen Klopp currently has two goalkeepers at his disposal. Brazil international Alisson is the number one, whilst Adrian is his back-up.
Now, it appears as though the 52-year-old is looking to add a third option to his arsenal, at least according to his agent.
Engin Kirkpinar, Cakir’s representative, told the website:
“Liverpool are one of four English sides keeping close tabs on Ugurcan. Liverpool are among the sides interested in Cakir and have been monitoring his progress. Trabzonspor value Cakir as being worth a minimum €20m (£17.1m) and will not sell him in January. An end of season move could however, be on the cards.”
Since signing from West Ham, Adrian has done well. With former Roma goalkeeper Alisson out of action towards the start of the season, the 32-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions, keeping two clean sheets, whilst he was the hero in the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea after saving Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shoot-out.
Having said that, Cakir’s arrival would be a boost to Klopp’s options and depth in the ‘keeper department. During this campaign, Adrian has a save percentage of 66.7%. That only puts him in 14th place on the list of all the shot-stoppers to appear in the Premier League this season.
Cakir, meanwhile, has managed 75.5% for current club Trabzonspor in the Super Lig. Not only does that put him in fourth place in the Turkish top flight, but it would also put him in the same position in the Premier League.
Also, at 23 years old, he has his whole career ahead of him, whilst Adrian is approaching the end of his. Cakir has been recognised at international level as well, having picked up two caps for Turkey. He has conceded just one goal in those two matches.
With a potential price tag of just £17.1m, this transfer would be a shrewd bit of business from Liverpool, and would show their desire to plan for the future. The supporters should hope they beat those three other clubs to his signature.