Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Liverpool’s Joe Gomez ahead of potential summer move as Spanish giants draw up defensive shortlist that also includes Antonio Rudiger, Pau Torres and Jules Kounde
- Real Madrid are targeting defensive reinforcements in the summer window
- Spanish giants have included the Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez on shortlist
- Gomez, 24, is likely to feature more regularly during second-half of the season
- Real are also looking at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Pau Torres and Jules Kounde
Real Madrid are monitoring Liverpool defender Joe Gomez ahead of a potential move next summer.
The Spanish giants are prioritising their attack first with Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain firmly in their sights but they are also drawing up a list of options for their defence.
The 24-year old Gomez is returning to full fitness after a series of injuries, he captained Liverpool against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup and was a late substitute in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has emerged as a potential summer recruit for Real Madrid
Jurgen Klopp is expected to use the centre-back more in the second-half of the season
Though he has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, Sportsmail understands that is not an option as it stands, a fact underlined by manager Jurgen Klopp who asserted last week that he would be patient with Gomez and had no plans for him to leave in January.
The England international, who has won the Premier League and Champions League, is expected to figure more over the next few weeks as fixtures and Covid continue to stretch Liverpool’s squad to the maximum.
Gomez will be keen to finish the season strongly before taking stock of his future.
Liverpool are willing to sell Nat Phillips for £15million next month safe in the knowledge they have Gomez coming back to full fitness and have Ibrahima Konate competing with Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid are keen to bring in a new defender in the summer window
Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, out of contract soon, is another defender on Real’s shortlist
Villarreal defender Pau Torres (left) and Jules Kounde of Sevilla (right) are also targets
The Dutch defender, who missed Sunday’s game with covid, said last week that he expects Gomez and Konate to be Liverpool’s defensive partnership of the future.
However, Madrid’s interest could threaten that prospect if Gomez impresses them in the second half of the season.
The Spaniards have discussed the likes of Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger who could be out of contract if he fails to agree new terms at Stamford Bridge plus Jules Kounde at Sevilla and Pau Torres at Villarreal.
Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus has also been under consideration but may prove too expensive.
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