Liverpool to solve defensive problems by signing Atletico Madrid star valued at €25m

Liverpool have had their interest in full-back Sime Vrsaljko confirmed by Atletico Madrid, at least according to reports in Italy.

Vrsaljko is regular Croatian international, but has struggled recently to nail down a place in Diego Simeone’s starting XI, making just four league appearances in a campaign interrupted by injury.

Reports earlier in the week mooted believed interest from Jurgen Klopp in the 25-year-old full-back, with Corrierre dello Sport now going one step further, claiming Atletico director of football Andrea Berta has told of the Reds’ desire to sign the former Sassuolo man.

Though predominately a right-back – a position in which Liverpool have ample cover – Vrsaljko can also operate as a left-back

The story suggests the Spanish club have placed a 25million euros price tag on the defender, who joined Atleti in 2016.

Simeone recently spoke about Vrsaljko’s future amidst speculation over his long-term plans, according to the Liverpool Echo.

“Sime is a big player and all big players have a value,” he told Marca.

“We are happy when other clubs look at our players, this is normal and it is positive for us.

“The truth is Sime has been injured and when he has played for us he has done very well, but it is a fact that Juanfran has done superbly also.”