Liverpool Are ‘Interested’ In Signing £51M Rated South American Star But European Giants Could Also Enter Race

Liverpool are one of the clubs “interested” in buying Eintracht Frankfurt defender Willian Pacho, according to SportBild (via Sport Witness).

The German magazine claim that the Reds and La Liga leaders Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the Ecuadorian international.

Frankfurt reportedly value Pacho at an eye-watering €60m (£51m) and the failure to qualify for European football will put them under pressure to sell.

Sporting Director Markus Krosche could be forced into offloading some of the club’s most prized assets and Liverpool will be aware that Pacho could be on the market very soon.

What do fans need to know about Pacho?

The 22-year-old has only played in Europe for the last two years. He made the move from Independiente del Valle to Royal Antwerp in January 2022, spending 18 months in Belgian football before switching to Frankfurt at the start of this season.

Pacho is left-footed and is 6ft 2, which appears to be the right type of profile for Liverpool, who are keen on providing cover for Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool could have a Premier League rival for the defender’s signature

SportBild only mention the Reds and Real Madrid, but Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has recently stated that Arsenal have added Pacho to their shortlist of targets as well.

However, with the Gunners already having William Saliba, Gabriel, Jakub Kiwior and Ben White in their squad, it seems unlikely that they would prioritise the signing of another centre-half.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are expected to lose Joel Matip on a free transfer when his contract expires in June, while Joe Gomez has spent most of this campaign playing as a fullback. Bringing in reinforcements at the back will be a primary focus for the incoming sporting director. Whether Pacho will be their top target, though, it remains to be seen.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.