Liverpool are expected to announce the signing of centre-back Ben Davies from Preston later on Monday, but the 25-year-old may not be the only defender brought in.
Davies is expected to join the Reds for a deal worth around £1.6 million, swapping the Championship for the Premier League champions in a shock move.
Reports in France claimed contact with Marseille over a deal for Croatia international Duje Caleta-Car, but with the Ligue 1 club hesitant over allowing the 24-year-old to leave without signing a replacement, a deal broke down as he waited to board a flight to Merseyside.
Bascombe goes as far as to say it is “likely” Davies is not the only signing made in the next hours, with Caleta-Car still “under consideration” – it is possible Marseille agree to a move eventually.
It is also suggested, however, that Arsenal‘s Shkodran Mustafi could be signed, with the German in the final six months of his deal at the Emirates and available for transfer.
The Athletic‘s James Pearce reports that along with Mustafi, Liverpool have weighed up Gleison Bremer (Torino), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Issa Diop (West Ham) and Neven Subotic (free agent) as candidates.
It has been previously claimed that RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate is the club’s priority, long-term target, but a deal for the young Frenchman is unlikely before the summer due to the upcoming Champions League clash between the two sides.
Sepp van den Berg is expected to be the club’s only major departure on deadline day, with the Dutchman due to join Preston on loan as part of the Davies deal.