Liverpool leading race for €20m-rated Premier League defender

Liverpool and Real Madrid are showing an interest in Southampton centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap. Germany international only signed for the Saints in the summer transfer window, making the move from Bochum. Armel has played only five PL games, but looking at his displays so far, he’s looking like a smart signing for the Saints already.

Real Madrid and Liverpool are among the teams showing interest in Bella-Kotchap. Over the last few years, the Reds haven’t been afraid to raid the Saints to bolster their squad. Van Dijk, Mane, Lambert, and Lallana, are just a few of the names who have made the switch to Liverpool.

After a disappointing start to the campaign, the Reds could be looking to reinforce many areas of the pitch, and the likes of Gomez have failed to impress when called upon in the opening few matches.

When Matip, Konate, and Van Dijk are fit, the Reds are significantly stronger, but Liverpool have struggled with injuries this campaign, and Gomez has shown he may not be up to the standard to play for the Reds at the highest level anymore.

However, Liverpool won’t have a move all to themselves if they do decide to act. Bayern Munich in particular have monitored the rising star for a longer period given he previously played in Germany. It’s suggested the Bundesliga giants may view him as the long-term partner for Matthijs De Ligt.