Liverpool to sign Adrian as Mignolet replacement

Liverpool are set to sign former West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, known simply as Adrian, to replace Simon Mignolet as the number two between the posts, says the ever-reliable Paul Joyce of The Times.

Mignolet, who has spent six years at Anfield, most of it as a part of the starting XI, will return to Belgium to join Club Brugge. Liverpool will receive €7 million for his services, possibly rising to €9 million.

Adrian started his professional career at Real Betis and made his first-team debut back in September 2012. He moved to east London the following summer, and made 150 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions before being released by the club at the end of last season.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference : News Photo
Adrian San Miguel of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on April 27, 2018 in Romford, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

At an early look, this move appears to suit everyone. Adrian will get a new contract and employment with the Champions League winners, no less, and is likely to be given a shot to make his mark in the cups. Following six years of faithful service, Mignolet will get much-desired game time back in his homeland. While receiving a decent fee for a 31-year-old second-choice goalkeeper, Liverpool are getting something similar in the form of the Spaniard, who is a year older than Mignolet, but is a decent option to have on the bench, for free.

Meanwhile, youngsters Kamil Grabara (on a season-long loan with Huddersfield Town) and Caoimhin Kelleher (recovering from surgery following a broken wrist), will have to wait a bit longer for their chance.

It is reasonable to assume that Loris Karius, whose loan spell with Besiktas seems to be going well at the moment, won’t be returning to Anfield at all following last year’s Champions League final disaster and its aftermath, as well as the addition of Alisson Becker last summer as the immediate number one choice.

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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