Samuel Umtiti for £ 6m. Sounds like an absolute no-brainer, but Liverpool are likely to turn down the opportunity because we already have Ibrahima Konate in the bag!
Anfield Central states that the Umtiti agent has spoken to Liverpool and offered us his client, who is inappropriate in Barcelona, but the Reds rejected the chance due to the player’s injury record and an incoming Frenchman of our own …
At EOTK, we can reveal to you that the Konate agreement has been implemented. It’s over the line, the announcement prevents – and the 21-year-old will join the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip next season in battle for central defensive minutes.
He has obviously been very injured, but the club clearly feels that these problems are mostly behind him and will not continue to plague him going forward.
It will be interesting to see if we also choose to take the option on Ozan Kabak. The Turk is on loan from Schalke and has generally been quite good – but Michael Edwards will probably try to sign him for less than the originally agreed £ 18m.