News coming out in Spain suggests Leicester City are in advanced talks to bring in a new defender over the summer.
El Desmarque reports that the Foxes are close to securing the services of Luis Hernandez, whose contract at Sporting Gijon expires at the end of the season.
However, given Leicester’s history of picking up quality bargains, another Premier League club should use this news as an indicator to try and hijack the move.
Liverpool have struggled to find a competent centre-back partnership all season, with Dejan Lovren and Mahmadou Sakho coming in for a lot of criticism, while the aging pair of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure look well past their best.
Indeed, the Reds have only kept two clean sheets in the Premier League this calendar year.
Thus, they have to be in the market for a new defender and they could do worse than getting in Hernandez for free.
Leicester’s scouting network is strong and the signings of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante show they know where to pick up a bargain.
Mahrez cost the Foxes just £375,000 when they signed him in 2014 and is now among the contenders to win PFA Player of the Year in a season where his side have been leading the way in the Premier League since the middle of January.
Meanwhile, Kante was brought to the King Power Stadium for just for £6.75m and has averaged more tackles per game than any other player in the top-flight this term.
Hernandez could be the next Mahrez or Kante and his performances at Gijon suggest that he would be a good signing.
Despite his club struggling, the 26-year-old has marshalled a back four with the best defensive record of La Liga’s bottom six and was instrumental in keeping Real Madrid at bay on the opening day of the season.
His form and Leicester’s interest show why Liverpool should act now, while the Reds’ greater reputation in Europe would surely help persuade the Spaniard to come to Anfield.