Juventus join Reds and Bayern Munich in Defender Chase

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Liverpool’s hopes of strengthening the defence received a jolt when Juventus turned their attention to Koln defender Jonas Hector, talkSPORT reports.

With Bayern Munich already in contention for the highly-rated full-back, the prospects of Jurgen Klopp landing a player he has long admired are fading.

Koln are expected cash-in on the Germany international, even if they avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. With seven games remaining, Die Geißböcke are already five points adrift of the relegation playoff place.

Before the end of the season, Koln faces the four teams immediately above them in the table with the upcoming clash with Mainz 05 particularly important. The 1 – 0 Europa League win over Arsenal seems a long time ago.

Despite his club’s woes, Hector remains a permanent fixture in Joachim Low’s Germany squad and is expected to travel to Russia for this summer’s World Cup finals.

Hector has been capped 36 times by Die Mannschaft, scoring three times; once against Italy in March 2016 and twice in the 8 – 0 win over San Marino eight months later. The Italian air obviously agrees with the buccaneering full-back.

The Italian media, in announcing Juventus’ interest, believes that a €20m fee will be enough to tempt Koln into selling.

At that price, all three clubs can expect plenty of interest from Europe’s other elite clubs.