Liverpool have reportedly stepped up their reported interest in Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir – but face stiff competition from their European rivals.
Mirror Football reported earlier in the campaign that Reds scouts have travelled to watch Ugurcan in action and had been impressed by the Turkey international.
And, according to Turkish outlet Star, Reds delegations were again present at the Akyazi Senol Gunes Stadium on Sunday to watch the keeper in action against Galatasaray.
The stopper almost capped a fine display off with a clean sheet but Japan international Yuto Nagatomo’s last-gasp equaliser snatched a 1-1 draw for visiting Galatasaray.
The Reds scouts weren’t the only ones in attendance either, with Juventus, alongside two other unnamed major European clubs, also sending emissaries to keep an eye on the Turkish star.
Should Cakir make the transfer to Anfield, he’d seemingly be viewed as a back-up to Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice keeper Alisson Becker.
Last month, Cakir’s representative Engin Kirkpinar claimed that four English clubs are tracking the 23-year-old – and said the Merseyside heavyweights are one of them.
However, he warned that Reds would not be able to sign him in the January transfer market, insisting that Turkish side Trabzonspor would only consider an offer after the end of the season.
“Liverpool are one of four English sides keeping close tabs on Ugurcan. Liverpool are among the sides interested in Cakir, and they have been monitoring his progress,” Engin told Turkish-football.com.
“Trabzonspor value Cakir as being worth a minimum £18m, and will not sell him in January. An end-of-season move could however be on the cards.”