Noel Whelan has claimed that the likes of Tottenham should not think twice about paying Liverpool’s asking price for Joe Gomez, insisting the centre-back will interest plenty of clubs from around Europe.
It was not long ago when Gomez was a regular in Liverpool’s starting eleven and an important player for England but the 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield since returning from his injury layoff.
90 min reported earlier this month that the centre-back wants to leave Liverpool this summer in order to get regular first-team football under his belt and give himself the best chance of making the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
The report claimed that the likes of Spurs, Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester were all keen on snapping up the Reds star.
According to The Daily Express, Jurgen Klopp’s men value the England international at around £23m.
Whelan believes that a move for Gomez would be a no-brainer for many clubs around Europe at the reported price.
The former Leeds United forward told Football Insider: “£23m is not a lot of money to pay for quality centre-half like Joe Gomez.
“We’ve seen how dominant he can be for Liverpool. He’s got tough competition right now and he’s been out injured as well, which hasn’t helped.
“But I think when you’re looking at bolstering at the back, he’s somebody that knows the Premier League. He’s British, still young, £23million.
“You’ll have a queue of people that would like his services. Starting from Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and all the way through the Premier League.
“To have somebody like him and that invaluable experience, he plays the game the right way. He’s been a football club that plays the right way and has that winning mentality.
“I think there will be a lot of interested parties to try and secure his services for £23m. It’s not a lot of money to pay for a player that you’re going to get four to five of his best years out of.
“There will be certain teams across Europe looking and thinking: ‘£23m? Wow, absolutely. Why not? We’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain’.”
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Gomez will have only two years left on his contract at Liverpool at the end of the season (Transfermarkt) and so, it is unlikely that he will cost more than £30m.
There will likely be a long queue of Premier League clubs after the 24-year-old. I believe he will be a very good fit for Conte’s back three and so, I would expect the England man to be one of the options on Tottenham’s radar.
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