Romano claims Liverpool have 'explored' signing of World Cup star as huge summer move plotted
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Liverpool explored the possibility of signing World Cup star Josko Gvardiol in January, according to Fabrizio Romano - and could complete a move for the defender this summer.
Gvardiol has starred for RB Leipzig this season, and scored during the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City. The game ended 1-1, with the return leg taking place at the Etihad Stadium.
An athletic centre-back, the 22-year-old has a great passing range and also comfortable on the ball. In addition, he is versatile and can play left-back if required.
Gvardiol impressed for Croatia at the World Cup, helping them reach the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual winners Argentina. They did, however, prevail in the third place playoff against Morocco.
Now, Romano has made a claim which will excite Reds fans.
Romano makes Liverpool, Gvardiol claim
Taking to Twitter, the respected journalist tweeted: "Josko Gvardiol, one of the most wanted players around Europe. Manchester City want him - Guardiola, big fan and he's in #MCFC list.
"Liverpool explored conditions of the deal in January, Chelsea keen on signing him since last summer. Open race."
While the 'open race' comment will concern the Reds, their interest in signing Gvardiol is apparent, and Jurgen Klopp's side could complete a move this summer.
According to The Times, Gvardiol has a £97 million release clause in his contract, which could put off suitors. But this is said to only become active in the summer of 2024, which may give Liverpool the opportunity to negotiate a lower fee.
Should they be able to do that and land the Croatian, they will be signing one of the world's top young defenders who would compete with Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk for a spot in the Reds backline.