Liverpool are still interested in Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn, and could revive their interest in the German ace when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports.
Horn, 22, has been a long-term Liverpool target and last season, the goalkeeper himself confirmed the Reds’ interest in signing him. In December 2014, the Liverpool Echo carried a report that went thus: “Liverpool FC are lining up a bid for Germany Under-21 star Timo Horn amid suggestions they’re to offload Simon Mignolet [Salary: 60k-a-week].”
Meanwhile, Cologne have now responded to rumour new Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is interesting in luring their goalie to Anfield in January.
When asked on Friday on whether there is any truth on the Liverpool interest in Horn, Cologne sports chief Jörg Schmadtke told German tabloid Express: “Jurgen [Klopp] has not contacted us yet [about a transfer].”
Schmadtke clearly did not deny the interest, he only said the Liverpool boss has not contacted the Bundesliga outfit. This suggests the Reds still have an ongoing interest in Horn.
The Germany youth goalkeeper, aware of the Liverpool interest, also said midway through last season: “While it’s great when you awaken the interest of a club like Liverpool, at the moment it is not the right time for me to consider it.”
Horn’s agent also revealed to Express 1 soon after: “We have been told about those [Liverpool] rumours, but no one contacted us directly.”
Meanwhile, Cologne vice-chairman Toni Schumacher confirmed recently that Horn is definitely for sale if the right offer comes in.
“We are closely controlled by our financial abilities. So when a big club comes with the right offer, we can’t say ‘no’.”
Although the BuLi club want to keep Horn, they are currently in debt to the tune of €25m – as per reports – so if Liverpool make a reasonable offer for the young goalie, they can railroad Cologne into selling.