The agent of Feyenoord’s David Hancko has confirmed that Liverpool are interested in signing the defender but does not expect him to change clubs in January.
After overhauling their midfield in the summer, the next item on the agenda for the Merseysiders is bolstering their back-line – particularly after Joel Matip’s season-ending ACL injury.
Jurgen Klopp has been left with only Joe Gomez and 20-year-old Jarell Quansah as his centre-back cover for the remainder of the campaign, though the former has been required to play at full-back recently.
That has prompted links with a January move for a new defender and Hancko has emerged as a key target after impressing at Feyenoord over the last season-and-a-half.
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the 26-year-old and now his agent, Branislav Jasurek, has confirmed the interest from both sides – as well as other clubs – but feels a summer switch is the most likely outcome.
‘As an agency, we are in contact not only with these two clubs, but also with others who are looking into David’s situation,’ he told TNCZ.
‘I estimate that it is 80-90 per cent likely that David will stay in Rotterdam [this month] because Feyenoord is fighting for [a place in] the Champions League.
‘The people at Feyenoord know that David Hancko will be sold but it is better [to sell him] in the summer than now.’
Jasurek continued: ‘It will have to be one of the big clubs.
‘We believe that he will choose the best option from a sporting perspective, similar to his transfer from Sparta Prague to Feyenoord [in 2022].
‘He chose that step over other, more financially attractive offers.
‘If he does transfer, that would be great because it means he will go to a bigger club. But even if he doesn’t transfer, I think David will be happy to stay in Rotterdam.’
Hancko, a ball-playing, left-sided centre-back, is the most prolific passer in the Eredivisie and averages 94 passes per game with a 90% success rate.
He spent several years on the books of Fiorentina but struggled to break through before opting to join Sparta Prague; after two solid campaigns he was picked up by Feyenoord in 2022 and helped the side win the Eredivisie title.
In addition to Hancko, Liverpool have also been linked with Wolfsburg’s rapid centre-back Maxence Lacroix.
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