Rumour Check: Liverpool Targeting Offensive-minded International Left-back

Original source: Metro
Published by: TalkSPORT, Daily Star
Also interested: Inter Milan, Stoke City,  Manchester United and Arsenal
Contract until: June 2016

According to Metro, Fenerbahce left-back Caner Erkin, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, has garnered interest from the both Arsenal, Stoke City and Manchester United but it is Liverpool who front the queue for the Turkish international’s signature.

Serie A giants Inter Milan are also said to be interested in securing the services of the versatile defender and they are considering a three-year contract worth €2.2m per season. However, the player’s agent Batur Altiparmak  previously revealed that his client has not agreed terms with Nerazzurri.

Erkin signed for Fenerbahçe in 2010. Starting out as a left winger, he was slowly transformed into a left back. He made 26 appearances this season for Turkish outfits netted once and made eight assists.

  • Manchester United have four quality left-backs – Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Luke Shaw, who will be fit for the next season and it’s less likely they to reinforce on that position.
  • It’s the same story at Arsenal and probably Arsene Wenger won’t bring another competitor for Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, who signed a new, long-term contract in January.
  • The left-back position is certainly one that Liverpool need to strengthen after the disappointment of loan signing Aly Cissokho, under-fire Jose Enrique and up and down performances of Alberto Moreno, who has been often criticised due to his erratic displays.
  • Erkin’s agent didn’t rule out the player’s transfer and admitted that “there have been enquiries from 5-6 teams.”

Considering these facts, Gib Football Show concludes that the rumours claiming ‘ Liverpool Targeting Offensive-minded International Left-back’ are ‘mostly true’. Mostly true

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