THE Liverpool is looking for players to strengthen its defensive line and has a strong interest in Gladbach’s centre-back Mr. Itakura. Jurgen Klopp, for his part, is looking for a replacement for Joel Matip, who is expected to leave in the summer, and it seems that he has qualified the Japanese international.
The 26-year-old has been playing for the German club since July 2022 and the deal he signed ends in 2026. The latest reports suggest that his contract includes a release clause of between 10 and 15 million euros.
?? News Ko #Itakura: The amount of his release clause in summer is €10-15m!
M’Gladbach would like to extend his contract beyond 2026 as the 26 y/o defender is one of the key players??
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 17, 2024
His competitive characteristics perfectly suit the needs of the Liverpool coach, since in addition to his defensive consistency he is excellent with the ball, contributing to the build up. In addition, he can also compete in the axis as a defensive midfielder, being a useful tool for the English club.
Rivals in the attempt to acquire him are Tottenham, who are also watching the footballer, and Gladbach, who want him to stay with a new contract.
The presence of his teammate in the Japanese national team Wataru Edo could be a factor to tempt the footballer away from his signature.
This season Itakura has made seven Bundesliga appearances and scored two goals.
Edited by: Loizos Lainidis
Source: Sport Fm
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