FC Cologne boss Peter Stoger has been speaking about the future of left-back Jonas Hector amid rumours that Liverpool are interested in signing the defender.
Stoger is quoted by the Liverpool Echo, who cite German magazine Kicker: “I don’t have to talk about what may happen in the summer. But if somebody should offer us a three-figure million sum, we’d probably give in. If a two-figure million sum is offered, we’d consider it.
“And if Jonas Hector says that he doesn’t want to stay here, we’d have to face up to it.”
It is clear the value that Hector has to Cologne and how highly rated he is given that he is now a regular fixture for the World Champions.
The 25-year-old has been a vital part of Cologne's foundation of a solid defence for the past couple of seasons and he has demonstrated his versatility by operating in midfield on occasions this term.
Stoger's comments obviously reflect how highly Hector is rated. The figure of £12 million has been mooted by the report in the Mirror, which is in line with the theme of 'double figure million' but it would seem that the ball is firmly in the player's court when it comes to his future should interest from Liverpool become firmer.
Liverpool currently have Alberto Moreno as their main left-back while Brad Smith has been used as a rotation option, but in recent weeks both Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner has been given the nod ahead of Smith in that role.