Liverpool Handed Huge Boost in Pursuit of This Philippe Coutinho Replacement
January 11, 2018
Liverpool have continued to be linked with a host of top names during the January transfer window as a replacement for recently departed attacker Philippe Coutinho.
Jurgen Klopp has plenty of funds at his disposal after receiving a mammoth £142 million from Barcelona for the services of the club’s former midfield talisman.
Liverpool have already secured the signing of Naby Keita, but the RB Leipzig midfielder will not arrive at Anfield until this coming summer and Klopp is keen on acquiring an instant Coutinho replacement.
The Reds have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of one player in particular during this transfer window, though.
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has reportedly outlined his desire to depart the Bernabeu and arrive at Anfield this month, after a frustrating season in Spain.
The 21-year-old starlet was only snapped up by the reigning Champions League holders last summer for £15 million, but he has been given very limited game time under Zinedine Zidane.
Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos after a hotel meeting with the player. However Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is thought to be reluctant to let him leave permanently. [@DiarioGOLcom] #LFC pic.twitter.com/l509uSSgso— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) January 10, 2018
Having struggled and been restricted to just short cameos this current campaign in La Liga, Ceballos is believed to be keen on swapping Madrid for Liverpool.
The former Real Betis star would potentially be a cheaper and more realistic alternative to other reported targets Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez, as Klopp aims to bolster his ranks for the remainder of the Premier League season.