Juventus defender Facundo Gonzalez has reportedly caught the attention of Liverpool as the search for a central defender continues.
It has been a relatively quiet January transfer window the Anfield club.
The likes of Morten Frendrup and Leny Yoro have been speculatively linked to the club, but there have been no concrete targets identified as of yet.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has done winter business in the past two seasons.
Luis Diaz arrived in January 2022 to help push Liverpool to a domestic double.
Cody Gakpo was purchased from PSV at the beginning of 2023 as one of the only bright sparks that campaign.
Liverpool eye Juventus starlet
90min have today reported that young Juve defender Facundo Gonzalez is currently being monitored by the Reds.
Earlier today, Fabrizio Romano previously highlighted that the Reds were looking at centre-back options.
So, the report today makes sense that Liverpool are monitoring a defender.
Gonzalez, who is currently on loan in Serie B with Sampdoria, has made 14 appearances in all competitions while on loan.
González enrolled in the youth program of Vista Alegre, a fifth-tier Spanish team, as a young player.
He signed with Valencia’s youth academy in the Spanish La Liga in 2019.
He inked a three-year contract with Juventus on August 8, 2023, for a reported fee of around €3 million.
Facundo Gonzalez’s playstyle
As per Tuttomercatoweb.com, Geoffrey Moncada (chief scout of AC Milan) was said to be ‘enchanted by the elegance and physical prowess of the player.’
Boasting a height of 193 cm at such a young age, it would seem Gonzalez would be suited to the rigors of Premier League football.
In an excerpt from a report by news outlet Milan Reports, they write this about the teenager:
“Gonzalez possesses all the qualities required of a modern defender: strength, technique, speed, game reading, positioning, and marking.”
“He is considered a complete defender, suitable for an aggressive style of play characterized by constant one-on-one situation.”
Crucially, Gonzalez is left-footed.
This will likely addto his allure and make him a very attractive prospect in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp and co.
With greater focus on playing out the back in the modern game, a left-footed centre-back provides passing angles that would not be possible for a right-footer.
He was part of the Uruguay U20 side that won the U20 World Cup last year and played a huge role in the success his side enjoyed.
Gonzalez played every single minute of that victorious campaign, helping to keep a clean sheet as Uruguay beat their Italian counterparts 1-0 in the final.
Gonzalez is no doubt one to keep an eye on in the summer, as a winter move would be highly unlikely.