Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car has reflected on the “honour” of Liverpool’s transfer offer in January, while hinting that a move could be revived in the future.
Caleta-Car emerged as a surprise target for the Reds at the tail-end of the winter window, with it reported that the club were in talks with Marseille over a possible deal.
Ultimately, Liverpool’s approach came too late, with the Ligue 1 side unable to sign a replacement, and therefore the Croatian has remained at the Stade Velodrome.
Given the time constraints, Caleta-Car spent deadline day waiting to board a private jet to England to finalise the transfer, which shows the emotional to-and-fro that affects players during negotiations.
But speaking on the situation at a press conference on Tuesday, Caleta-Car described it as an “honour” to be the subject of interest from Liverpool.
“I got an offer from Liverpool. It was an honour for me to know that such a club wanted me,” the 24-year-old told reporters, as relayed by RMC Sport.
“We decided with the club that I was going to stay. Marseille are also a great club and I still have a lot of progress to make here.
“I was really happy to receive an offer from them. Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“It could have been a big step in my career, but I’m good at Marseille which is also a great club and we will see what can happen.”
Caleta-Car appears at peace with the situation, having been denied a dream move to Anfield mid-season, but his closing words suggest he could still leave in the near future.
Kabak is currently signed on a half-season loan, with an option to sign the Turk permanently from Schalke at the end of the season, while Davies arrived from Preston on a long-term contract but is yet to feature.
With there being question marks over the long-term fitness of Joel Matip, and whether Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez can reach top form on their return from season-ending injuries, centre-back could be in need of a revamp ahead of 2021/22.
Caleta-Car should be available for a reasonable fee, with Liverpool offering around £20 million in January, and having spent another six months with Marseille could represent a worthwhile addition to Jurgen Klopp‘s ranks.