Report: Liverpool raise offer for Domagoj Vida after Croatia heroics

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during the Pre-season friendly between Chester FC and Liverpool on July 7, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom.

Domagoj Vida was fantastic as Croatia beat England in the World Cup semi-finals; no wonder Premier League giants Liverpool reportedly want to sign him.

Domagoj Vida of Croatia celebrates after Ivan Rakitic of Croatia scores their sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny...

Domagoj Vida has been an absolute revelation at the World Cup.

The 29-year-old Besiktas defender was not even guaranteed to start for Croatia before the tournament, but he has ousted the veteran Vedran Corluka and never looked back. After scoring in extra-time and the penalty shootout during the nervy last-eight win against Russia, Vida was immense once more as Croatia killed off England’s hopes in the semi-final.

And Fanatik is now claiming that Liverpool have responded to Vida’s Man of the Match display by making an improved offer to bring him to Anfield.

The publication claimed prior to the clash with the Three Lions on Wednesday that Liverpool had put a bid of £15.9 million on the table. And it is understood that they have now raised their offer to around £17.5 million as interest in arguably the best centre-half in Russia intensifies.

Harry Kane of England challenges for the ball with Domagoj Vida of Croatia  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July...

The problem, however, is that Besiktas want £31 million for Vida – a fee which is even more remarkable when you consider that the 2017 Super Lig champions signed him for free from Dinamo Kiev as recently as January.

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool would be willing to add another £10 million-plus on to their offer. Ironically, Vida could be targeted as a potential upgrade on his Croatian centre-back partner Dejan Lovren.

Domagoj Vida of Croatia scores his team's fourth penalty in the penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia at Fisht Stadium on...

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