Olympiakos, Granada & Freiburg among clubs chasing £3 million Tiago Ilori – report

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Liverpool centre-back Tiago Ilori is set to leave the club this summer, with a host of clubs pursuing a £3 million deal.

Ilori has just left Brazil following an ill-fated Olympic campaign with Portugal, and is due to return to first-team training at Melwood shortly.

He may never report back, however, with the Reds set to field a number of offers from around Europe for the in-demand defender.

According to the Liverpool Echo‘s Neil Jones, Olympiakos, Granada, Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt are all hoping to sign the 23-year-old before August 31.

Liverpool are said to value Ilori at £3 million, though Olympiakos in particular favour a temporary deal.

Ilori has spent a total of two years out on loan, first with Granada in La Liga in the second half of 2013/14, then Bordeaux in Ligue 1 for 2014/15.

The former Sporting Lisbon talent was with Aston Villa for the first half of last season, but was recalled to Jurgen Klopp‘s squad having failed to make an appearance for the Midlands side.

Klopp has spoken fondly of Ilori’s talents previously, but he has struggled to produce a lengthy run of full fitness.

This has hampered his progress, despite possessing the speed, physicality and intelligence to shine at centre-back at a high level.

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Ilori is able to stabilise his condition in Greece, Germany or Spain, he could still develop into a top-level defender, fulfilling the potential that saw Brendan Rodgers sanction a £7 million outlay in 2013.

For now, however, he remains a wasted talent, and one unlikely to break into Klopp’s first-team plans anytime soon.

He could be followed through the Anfield exit by Mamadou Sakho, with Klopp considering whether to send the Frenchman out on loan in a bid to restore his standing as one of Liverpool’s best players.

Sakho joined Liverpool alongside Ilori ahead of 2013/14, with this summer potentially marking another major disappointment from Rodgers’ reign.



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