Director hints he ‘would’ do £44m midfield star deal with Liverpool – sgmsa99
Make no mistake, signing Alexis McAllister from Brighton and Hove Albion this week for £35m is not the best deal. end Liverpool’s midfield rebuild. More like the beginning.
Mac Allister, who impressed as Argentina won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has given a fresh coat of paint to a Liverpool side that had started to look old and worn last season. However, further additions will be needed if the Reds, who miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 2016, are to re-engage with table-topping Manchester City next season.
That’s where Manu Kone comes in. For that matter, there is Khephren Thuram.
Two more midfielders joining Liverpool after Alexis Mac Allister?
Fabrizio Romano It was written on Thursday that Liverpool planned to start talks with Kone and Thuram’s representatives next week.
The report pointed out that Gladbach may be willing to pay 44 million pounds for the former.
While sporting director Roland Velkus would not confirm or deny whether those figures were true, he did concede that Cohen would be allowed to leave if Liverpool meet their demands.
“Our attitude is well known,” Virkus told Kicker. “If it comes to the amounts that a club like Borussia has to think about, we’ll do it (sell him).”
Kone, 22, – like Nice’s Thuram – is a tailor-made midfielder for Klopp’s high-intensity football. Given that Marcelo Bielsa tried to sign him for Leeds United, as you would expect; the former Toulouse starlet is athletic, aggressive and has no issues on the pitch.
Kone will add some much-needed strength to a Liverpool side that have looked toothless at times in a difficult 2022/23 season. With an average of 2.5 tackles per game, he’s making more tackles than any player currently under Klopp. Kone also received 12 yellow cards for Gladbach last season. A record (WhoScored) that highlights his enthusiasm and tenacity.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have confirmed James Milner, Arthur Melo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all set to leave.
Naby Keita also returned to the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen on Friday.