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Liverpool trying to hijack Newcastle’s move to sign Giorgi Mamardashvili

Liverpool have reportedly entered the race to sign Valencia’s goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, and the Reds could derail Newcastle United’s pursuit of the highly-rated shot-stopper.

According to Marca, Newcastle had a £21 million bid rejected by Valencia for the Georgian, who has arguably been the best goalkeeper at the 2024 European Championship (3.58 goals prevented).  

The 23-year-old continued his brilliant performances from the 2023/24 season, in which he prevented the most goals in La Liga (9.26), establishing himself as one of the most promising keepers in Europe.

Mamardashvili’s commanding presence and shot-stopping ability have turned heads across Europe, with his towering 6ft 6in frame a major asset.

News of Liverpool’s interest comes as a surprise, as the Reds already have the established Alisson Becker in goal.

However, speculation suggests the Reds might be looking for long-term competition for the Brazilian or even a potential successor.

Also, Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is looking to leave Merseyside this summer. He wants a club where he can be the first-choice goalie.

This reported move could spark a bidding war for Mamardashvili, with Newcastle unlikely to give up their pursuit easily.

The Magpies are in the market for a new goalkeeper after Nick Pope struggled with injury for most of last season. Second-choice shot-stopper Martin Dubravka has a contract that expires in 2025, prompting the club to search for alternatives.

Mamardashvili’s price tag is expected to rise after Liverpool’s reported intervention. Valencia are open to a sale for the right price, and the bidding could escalate quickly with two Premier League clubs interested.

The Georgian international is a highly sought-after prospect, and his next destination will be closely watched in the coming weeks as the summer transfer window hots up.

Other clubs could also enter the frame for his signature. Chelsea need a goalkeeper and the free-spending Londoners might push for him.

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