Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reported to have met the agent of Borussia Monchengladbach defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka to discuss a summer move.
Xhaka is contracted to the Bundesliga club until 2019 but from 2017 the Switzerland international’s release clause drops to 30million euros so Gladbach could be persuaded to sell this summer for a higher figure.
Germany newspaper Bild is reporting that Klopp has identified Xhaka as the player he wants to anchor his midfield, with the manager said to appreciate the 23-year-old’s qualities as an “aggressive leader”.
The story claims Klopp met with the player’s representative Andy Gross in December
Sporting director Max Eberl said recently that Xhaka would not leave this month: “I would like to say clearly once again at this point: Granit Xhaka wants to stay in Monchengladbach and we do not want to sell him.
“He is a super player for us and will contest the second half of the season here.
“As for the figures I have seen floating round, they amuse me.”