32-year-old defender Joel Matip has suffered a season-ending injury and his contract is up for the season, making it likely that he will leave the club. In addition, Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is also 32 years old and it is time to look at a generational change.
While young center backs such as Chelsea defender Levi Colwill and Sporting defender Goncalo Inácio have been reported as candidates, news broke that Slovakia defender David Hancko, who plays for Feyenoord, is one of the targets.
Although he seems older than the other players, at 26 years old, his agent has confirmed contacts from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, and revealed that other clubs have also received interest. In addition, they said that he is unlikely to leave the club this winter, and that if he does move, it will be this summer.
“As an agency, we are in contact not only with these two clubs, but also with others who are looking into Dávid’s situation,”
“I estimate that 80-90% Dávid will stay in Rotterdam, because Feyenoord is fighting for the Champions League and the people at Feyenoord know that Dávid Hancko will be sold even in the summer and maybe better than now.”Tn.cz
The center-back, who moved to the Netherlands from Sparta Prague in 2022, has scored five goals and seven assists in 70 games so far this season and has secured a regular place in the team. He is also experienced on the European stage, having played more than 20 games in the Champions League and Europa League.
Ideally, the promising defender in his early 20s would be the first choice. However, his versatility to play as a left back is highly appreciated, and we cannot rule out the possibility of acquiring him depending on the transfer fee.
As of now, like other candidates, we have only made inquiries, nothing more, nothing less. Liverpool continues to remain quiet this winter, but will they move to secure a new center back in a sudden development…?