Klavan on Verge of Departure – Updated
Ragnar Klavan is very close to a move away from Anfield, it seems. Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims his transfer to Cagliari is very close.
The Serie A side manager Rolando Maran sees the Liverpool defender as an important addition to his team. There’s no disputing the fact that he would bring loads of top-level experience and composure at the back to such a club, and the Estonian would most likely command a starting spot with ease.
Meanwhile, at Liverpool, it’s doubtful whether he would make the bench, let alone the starting XI. Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are all set to remain ahead of him in the pecking order, possibly Joe Gomez too, so if regular game-time is what Klavan seeks, a move to a club of lower profile would certainly benefit him.
However, there is a question of whether Liverpool can afford to let him go. The fee Di Marzio mentions is no more than €2million, which is fine considering his age, the price the Reds paid to sign him and the duration of his current contract – until next summer. But for the first time in a long while, Jurgen Klopp has a squad of decent depth at his disposal, and having not signed another centre-back this summer, will he want to enter another campaign with just four senior ones?
Unlike last season, the German now has Nathaniel Clyne at his command again, which frees up Gomez to remain at the heart of defence permanently. There is also the possibility of promoting young Nathaniel Phillips to the first team after an impressive pre-season, but it would still seem a bit short.
With the window for incoming transfers already closed, there’s no possibility of signing a replacement for Klavan before January.
The transfer has been confirmed by both clubs. Good luck, Ragnar!
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 17, 2018
Ragnar #Klavan è rossoblù ??
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— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) August 17, 2018