Arsenal at risk of missing out on £50m transfer as Liverpool employ Naby Keita trick

Arsenal could lose on Eintracht Frankfurt's Willian Pacho to Liverpool, as the Reds reportedly eye up the £50 million-rated player. With Jurgen Klopp's reign at Anfield nearing its end and just three games left, starting with Tottenham's visit this Sunday, Liverpool are already looking ahead.

Arne Slot is being tipped to fill Klopp's shoes, with Liverpool having already agreed a compensation package with his current club Feyenoord. It seems that personal terms will be a mere formality, given Slot's public expression of interest in the job.

Slot is expected to take on the role of 'head coach', focusing primarily on coaching and team development. He'll work alongside new sporting director Richard Hughes to identify transfer targets, but won't have the same level of control as Klopp.

Pacho, the 22-year-old Frankfurt defender, is being touted as a potential addition to for Arsenal and Liverpool. Despite only moving to Germany from Royal Antwerp a year ago in a £7.7m deal, Pacho's performances have caught the eye of several clubs.

Sky Germany's Florian Plettenberg reports that both Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Pacho, but Frankfurt aren't keen on letting him go this summer. However, Liverpool might use a tactic they successfully employed back in 2017, reports the Express.

Liverpool had previously secured an early deal with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita, amid fears that Bayern Munich or Barcelona might swoop in. The Guinean midfielder made his move the following summer and SportBILD has hinted that Liverpool could secure Pacho's signature at the end of this season and then loan him back to Frankfurt.

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It's suggested that Liverpool are wary his value will soar after another year in the Bundesliga, and they believe this proposal would appeal to Frankfurt. Despite the structure of the deal, Frankfurt would still demand around £51m (€60m) for the Ecuadorian international.

With Joel Matip likely to depart on a free transfer, a central defender is expected to be high on Liverpool's shopping list. This potential move for Pacho would likely mean another addition.