Premier League side Liverpool are interested in signing Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry this summer, according to reports from the Northern Echo.
The England under-21 international has enjoyed a hugely impressive individual season with Boro, despite the North East club ultimately missing out on promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
After establishing himself as one of the best young defenders in the country, a big summer awaits the 21-year-old, with the prospect of signing for the Champions League winners potentially on the horizon.
Liverpool fans can be forgiven for not knowing too much about Fry, so here, FLW writer George Harbey discusses this potential transfer deal in today’s six point opinion…
Who is Dael Fry?
Dael Fry is a young centre-half who plays for Middlesbrough.
The 21-year-old came through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium, and after enduring a loan spell with Rotherham United in the 2016/17 campaign, he has since become a regular for Boro under Garry Monk and Tony Pulis.
He made 39 appearances in all competitions last season, and played an integral role in what was been a solid back-line.
What did you made of his season?
Fry really impressed me this season, and has really matured as a player over the last few years.
Boro were solid in defence last season, and boasted the joint-highest defensive record in the division along with Sheffield United.
Fry really flourished next to more experienced players in George Friend and Aden Flint, and shone in the three-man defence.
What traits does he possess?
At defending, Fry is obviously very talented, and his aerial presence means that he wins no end of headers and does the basics.
But the youngster also has different sides to his game, and is good at bringing the ball forward and passing out from the back, typified after producing four assists last season.
It’s clear to see why Klopp wants him, as he would fit into his style of play really well.
Is he ready for the Premier League?
I would say that he is just about ready for the Premier League.
He has proven himself in a top Championship team, and now it’s about finding a club who will give him a chance of playing regularly in the top-flight.
A bottom-half Premier League team is probably his level right now, hence why Burnley are also reportedly interested in signing the defender.
How much do you reckon he’s worth?
It is so hard to say how hard Fry is worth, as the market in football tends to fluctuate window by window.
Chris Mepham was an influential player for Brentford last season, he is the same age as Fry, and moved to AFC Bournemouth for a reported fee of £12million.
That has got to be the benchmark for Boro, and they can afford demand around £12million just because it’s Liverpool.
Finally, is he ready for a move to Anfield?
It would be foolish of Fry to think that he can move to Liverpool, and be a regular figure next to Virgil Van Dijk week in, week out, at this stage of his career.
But one thing’s for sure, he is one for the future, and he would be a shrewd investment by the Reds.
He has already showed signs that he can be a top, top player in the future, and securing him in the summer could prove to be a fantastic move by Klopp.