Liverpool 'wanted Denis Zakaria from Juventus ahead of Arthur'

Liverpool ‘wanted Denis Zakaria from Juventus ahead of Arthur Melo but were forced to go for their second option’ with the Reds ‘failing to agree terms’ with the new Chelsea midfielder on deadline day

  • Liverpool wanted to sign Denis Zakaria from Juventus on deadline day 
  • The Reds asked for Zakaria but ended up signing Arthur Melo on loan instead 
  • Arthur could prove to be a useful option given Liverpool’s injury problems 

Liverpool reportedly wanted to sign Denis Zakaria from Juventus instead of Arthur Melo.

According to Calciomercato, Jurgen Klopp’s side asked Juventus about the possibility of signing Zakaria, but the Switzerland midfielder instead ended up signing for Chelsea on loan.

Having missed out on Zakaria, Liverpool subsequently moved to sign another Juventus player, Arthur Melo, who arrived on loan.

Liverpool reportedly wanted to sign Denis Zakaria before he ended up joining Chelsea

Liverpool were unable to agree a deal with either Zakaria or Juventus. Chelsea struck a deal to sign him on loan for £2.5m (€3m) with an option to buy for £24.1m (€28m) plus £4m (€5m) in bonuses.

As part of the deal to sign Arthur, Liverpool reportedly paid a loan fee of £3.87m (€4.5m), while they have an option to sign him permanently for £32.4m (€37.5m).

Having missed out on signing Zakaria, Liverpool brought in Arthur Melo on loan instead

Jurgen Klopp was in need of reinforcements in midfield given the club’s current injuries

Arthur was an unused substitute in Everton’s goalless draw against rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

The 26-year-old will hope to be involved in some capacity when Liverpool commence their Champions League campaign away to Napoli on Wednesday. 

Arthur possesses plenty of experience having previously played for Barcelona and he could prove to be very useful for Klopp’s team.

Liverpool are currently without midfielders Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain due to injury. 

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