Turkish journalist Ugur Karakullukcu claims Liverpool made an official offer for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir last summer.

There were also reports during the last transfer window that the Premier League leaders had tabled a bid for the 23 year old keeper.

Cakir has been in fantastic form this season and he’s one of the reasons why his side are in the title race with 10 games to play in the Turkish Super Lig.

Speaking about Cakir to Turkish YouTube channel Vole, Karakullukcu said that Liverpool’s offer was worth €18m, but Trabzonspor refused it: “One of the players Liverpool wanted at the start of the season was Ugurcan Cakir. They offered €18m plus bonuses for him.

“I learned about this information when I was at Trabzon. Their first choice was Cakir but Trabzonspor rejected the offer, so they went to sign Adrian.”

Along from Liverpool, Burnley, and Leicester City have all been linked with a move for the Turkish goalkeeper, with Sheffield United also said to have made an offer for him in January, which again was rejected by Trabzonspor.

The youngster is highly rated in Turkey and is expected to be the national team’s No.1 in the coming years. Moving to Liverpool to mainly sit on the bench doesn’t seem like the greatest move, and investing €18m in a reserve goalkeeper looks excessive.

There remains the possibility Liverpool’s name is being used to hype the player, with a move to a club where he’d be first seeming likelier.

Cakir’s contract with the Turkish club will expire at the end of June 2024.