Liverpool are plotting a move for Belgian defender Arthur Theate as they look to find cover at centre-back, but face competition from Fulham for his signature.
The Reds have recruited solely in midfield this summer, and are expected to do so further in the final weeks of the transfer window. However, centre-back was also identified as a position that needed further strengthening before the September 1st deadline.
As it stands, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are options to provide cover for first choice pair Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate, and Jurgen Klopp’s side have been linked with moves for Mickey Van de Ven and Levi Colwill already this summer, though the former has joined Tottenham and the latter signed a new contract with Chelsea.
Now, French outlet L’Equipe claim that they have turned their attentions to Rennes defender Theate.
Though he only joined the French side 12 months ago from Serie A outfit Bologna, the 23-year-old fits the left-footed defender template that the Reds are chasing, and has impressed during his brief stint across the channel.
Under contract until 2026, he would likely cost around 30m euros, and he is also subject of interest from fellow Premier League side Fulham. Rennes, though, could be unwilling to let him leave should they also lose Jeremy Doku to Manchester City this summer, with the winger of interest to Pep Guardiola’s side in order to replace Riyad Mahrez.
Belgian journalist Sacha Taveloiri described Theate’s most recent campaign as full of ‘remarkable performances’, and that has drawn the attention of Liverpool.
Klopp’s side are still expected to bolster their midfield ranks as a matter of priority despite the arrival of Wataru Endo, who made his debut in their 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
However, should the budget stretch, they could make a move for the Belgian defender.