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TRANSFER UPDATE: Liverpool & Barcelona to Battle for €20m-Rated Left-Back as Race for Quality Backup Continues

Posted by on July 20, 2019


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​Liverpool and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Augsburg left-back Philipp Max, who is valued at around €20m.

Both clubs are believed to be on the lookout for a backup left-back this summer, with Andy Robertson and Jordi Alba still set to dominate each club’s respective lineups.

Philipp Max

Neither club wants to spend heavily on a reserve option, so ​Sport claim the two sides are looking at Max who – at €20m – is expected to be well within both sides’ budgets.

​Barcelona are said to be in advanced negotiations with the 25-year-old, although ​Champions League holders ​Liverpool have expressed a serious interest in Max after Alberto Moreno was allowed to leave the club this summer.

The Blaugrana are so concerned by Liverpool’s interest – manager Jurgen Klopp recently admitted they ​may need a new left-back this summer – that they have lined up Wolfsburg’s Jerome Roussillon as a potential alternative, although they will push for Max as they believe he would be the cheaper of the two.

Jerome Roussillon

Moves for Junior Firpo, ​Danny Rose and Raphael Guerreiro have already collapsed after Barcelona could not negotiate an acceptable price, so they are desperate to fend off Liverpool’s interest in Max.

An attack-minded full-back, Max would certainly fit in at both clubs. He managed four goals and seven assists last season, whilst he even managed to create a breathtaking 13 goals in the previous campaign.

However, with Augsburg languishing towards the bottom of the ​Bundesliga standings last year, it is believed that they would be prepared to part ways with Max if they receive a reasonable offer of €20m.

Philipp Max

Should he move to either Barcelona or Liverpool, Max would have to accept that game time may be hard to come by, and there is a fear that he may accept a move to a less competitive side in order to ensure regular minutes.

The Germany international has been one of his country’s finest left-backs in recent seasons, and it seems just a matter of time before he leaves the WWK Arena.

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