Barcelona had own Moisés Caicedo this summer and it could set up $21m Liverpool transfer fight

The early indications suggest Liverpool has successfully rebuilt its midfield with its transfer business this summer. There remains one issue though.

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Nobody has any concerns regarding Alexis Mac Allister or Dominik Szoboszlai, both of whom have settled swiftly and superbly. The situation in defensive midfield specifically is far less clear-cut. Wataru Endō won’t be a long-term solution no matter how successful he is — having been chosen as a quick fix after Moisés Caicedo snubbed Liverpool in favor of Chelsea — while we are all waiting to see how Jürgen Klopp intends to deploy Ryan Gravenberch.

Then there’s Stefan Bajčetić, a definite option in the ‘six’ position but only just returning from a lengthy injury absence. The young Spaniard may also find his future lies further forward in the team, which would leave the Reds still on the lookout for a defensive midfielder.

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Liverpool will continue to be linked with players for the position and the latest rumor takes us to Belgium. According to Jordi Batalla of Mundo Deportivo, Klopp’s side is one of several clubs interested in signing Arthur Vermeeren from Royal Antwerp.

He is being most strongly linked with Barcelona, against whom he should play in the Champions League in the coming week. And it’s no surprise that Xavi is looking for a long-term successor to Sergio Busquets, having had a Caicedo situation of his own on his hands this summer.

In Barcelona’s case, it was Martin Zubimendi who issued the snub. Unlike with Caicedo and Liverpool, the interest never got as far as a public bid, but perhaps only because the Real Sociedad star came out and said he would rather stay put. As a result, Xavi turned to the experience of Oriol Romeu, effectively cast in the Endō role.

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