The champions, fresh off wrapping up a deal for Bayern Munich superstar Thiago Alcantara, are set to ramp up their summer business as the transfer window is set to shut in just over two weeks. They have been in the market for a versatile back-up forward for a while now, with many names including that of Ismaila Sarr being thrown into the fray.
Now, with Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo reportedly open to the idea of allowing Jota to leave, the Portuguese international is on his way to Anfield.
Liverpool target Jota set to cost £45m; Wolves keen on Hoever
As reported by several outlets in England including The Athletic [James Pearce], The Times [Paul Joyce], and others, Liverpool are close to sealing a £45m deal for Diogo Jota.
The Portuguese reportedly wishes to move to Anfield and his club are not going to deny the 23-year-old's request. He is set to sign a five-year-deal with Jurgen Klopp's men after having already agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions. Jota was also left out of the squad for Wolves' Carabao Cup outing against Stoke City amidst massive transfer speculation.
On the other hand, Nuno's high-flying Wolves are keen on Liverpool's young defender Ki-Jana Hoever. The Dutchman, who will cost Wolves an initial fee of £10m, will move to the Molineux as part of a separate deal despite their interest in making it a part-exchange deal.
The 23-year-old Portuguese forward has enjoyed a superb spell with Wolves in the Premier League. He has been a mainstay in attack for the side having started close to 30 games in both seasons in the top flight so far, scoring nine goals in the first season and seven in the second.
He will undoubtedly add a level of depth to Liverpool's fabled front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino. The Reds have been in the market for a suitable back-up but are yet to sign anyone in that capacity. As of now, their deputies include the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino, and Liverpool's UEFA Champions League hero Divock Origi.
While Sarr has also been linked with a move to Anfield, the Senegalese is a man in demand as he has reportedly been courted by Manchester United, Arsenal, and other clubs. Watford playing hardball with Liverpool for Sarr's fee was another stumbling block in their pursuit of the Championship winger.
Published 19 Sep 2020, 02:12 IST