Liverpool told to pay £35m to sign top-class defender

Liverpool now know what it will take to transfer Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to Liverpool this summer after tabloid claims £35 million price tag.

A report in The Mirror today about the future of Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles gives Liverpool insight into what it will take to bring him to Anfield. The transfer target will cost £35 million to prize him away from Rafa Benitez’ side.

Responding to rumors of a move by West Ham for the Geordies captain, Lascelles reiterates his happiness on Tyneside saying: “I’m happy here, I’m a Newcastle player, I’m still tied down to a long contract.”

He then goes to talk about his pride being captain and his focus on playing more games and developing. While his commitment maybe disheartening for Reds’ hoping he becomes Virgil van Dijk’s new center back partner there is encouragement to take from the news.

The price of £35 million is not excessive for a player who is only 24-years-old and is known to be liked by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. His comments about staying Newcastle are in the context of a West Ham bid. It is not surprising he would prefer to stay with Benitez.

I suspect his response would be different if it were Liverpool Football Club fresh from a Champions League final appearance. Klopp has a fantastic track record of convincing players to join his Anfield revolution.

It is becoming clear that center back is not the top priority. That is a new goalkeeper and a versatile attacking midfielder. Alisson Becker and Nabil Fekir remain the top realistic options at those positions.