Piero Hincapie’s agent confirms talks over a move to Liverpool are ongoing

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Piero Hincapie has attracted a lot of attention at Bayer Leverkusen (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool wanted Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie over the summer and remain in talks over a move in January, confirms the player’s agent.

The 21-year-old has impressed since arriving in Germany from Argentinian side Talleres in 2021, quickly becoming a regular at centre-back for the Bundesliga side.

He was attracting attention from the Premier League at the start of this year, with Tottenham making a bid for him in January, but Leverkusen turning it down.

The Ecuador international’s agent, Manuel Sierra, has confirmed that Liverpool showed an interest in his client over the last transfer window as well and remain keen ahead of January.

However, the centre-back will not come cheap, with the agent revealing that Leverkusen will want a lot more than the €6m (£5.1m) they paid for him.

‘Liverpool were interested in him [Hincapie], but at that time they chose to invest in the midfield,’ Sierra told Bolavip. ‘For January they are talking like other clubs, it will not be less than €50 million (£43m).’

Leverkusen will be able to charge plenty for their young defender as he only signed a new contract in February, which will run until 2027.

On the contract, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes said: ‘Piero’s signing 18 months ago was an investment in the future, back then he was a talented central defender with really big potential.

‘He became a key performer for our Werkself a long time ago, he has shown his international quality in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League and recently at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Piero is one of the key elements in the team who we can count on to help us achieve ambitious targets in the next few years.’

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