£26m Liverpool target has just chosen his next club, he’s not moving to Anfield

Reported Liverpool target Orkun Kokcu has agreed to sign for Benfica from Feyenoord.

Kokcu has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield over recent weeks, with Jurgen Klopp said to have been ‘charmed’ by his skills. But Benfica were always reported to be the favourites.

Today, as per French journalist Santi Aouna on Twitter, the 22-year-old has now reached a verbal agreement with the Portuguese side. He won’t be joining Liverpool.

“Orkun Kokcu is closing in to join Benfica,” Aouna reports. “The player has already reached a verbal agreement with Benfica.

“Direct talks to take place in the next hours with Feyenoord in order to get the deal done.”

Kokcu crossed off Liverpool’s list
With the transfer window now virtually upon us, more and more moves are starting to become clearer. Liverpool are already focused on their own new signings, so won’t feel the blow of losing out on Kokcu too hard.

Having said that though, there is reason to believe Liverpool were genuinely interested in the Turkey international.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed on Twitter that Kokcu will command a price of around £26m. That seems to be the kind of bracket the Reds are shopping at this summer. At twenty-two he’s still young, but has a good amount of football behind him.

Ready for the next step after captaining Feyenoord to the league title, there seemed a good chance of him coming to the Premier League.

But whether through necessity or design, Liverpool now look to have firmed up their targets. After Alexis Mac Allister, Khephren Thuram and Manu Kone appear the primary choices for the Reds.

Beyond that trio, it seems Romeo Lavia and Ryan Gravenberch are also being considered. What happens next could depend on whether anyone – like Kokcu – has other plans.

It’s still worth to keep an eye on Kokcu, anyway. Liverpool love doing business in Portugal, and if he does well in Lisbon English sides will surely come knocking. For now though, this one looks done.