Liverpool have turned to Arsenal and Kieran Gibbs to solve their left-back woes, as Jurgen Klopp begins his squad overhaul ahead of next season.
According to sources of Football Insider, Arsene Wenger is open to the idea of letting go Gibbs after Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez has emerged as a potential summer target.
The flamboyant Swiss International fancies a move to Arsenal after seeing his International teammate Granit Xhaka sign for the Gunners this summer.
With Nacho Monreal already in the squad, Rodriguez’s rumoured arrival, will turn Gibbs in to a surplus to requirement, which Liverpool are counting on as they prepare a £10million offer for the English left-back.
Gibbs, 28 is contracted at Emirates until 2018, however, there are no talks of him signing a new deal. Gibbs played only 12 league matches last season and is expected to become a fringe player after seeing a halt in his progress.
As for Liverpool, they need to get rid of Alberto Moreno at the earliest and have been linked with several left-backs in recent weeks including Raphael Guerreiro, Jetro Willems and Jonas Hector.
While these all are foreign players, Klopp wants a left-back with Premier League experience and Gibbs certainly ticks all the right boxes. With 10 international caps under his belt, the 28-year old will command a transfer fee between £10-15million, which should not be the stumbling block in this transfer deal.
Chances of Gibbs joining Liverpool – 3.5/5
I do see the merit in this transfer as Gibbs would get regular playing time and Liverpool will get a dependable left-back.
However, everything could come back on Arsene Wenger and whether or not, he is keen to sell Gibbs to one of their rivals.
While Gibbs is not someone who can largely influence title races, that should be enough for Liverpool to push forward and get the deal done.