27 Jul 2015

Record-Breaker: Liverpool fighting to sign £15m attacking 'phenomenon'. Offer submitted already by Bayern

In 2014, French attacker Kingsley Coman confirmed that he'd rejected a transfer to Liverpool, but after a year of struggling for game time at Juventus, it appears that Reds are back in for the talented 19-year old star.

According to TalkSport:

"Liverpool are battling Arsenal and Bayern Munich to sign Juventus youngster Kingsley Coman...who has grown frustrated at his lack of playing time in Turin".

Liverpool were last linked with Coman during the summer of 2014, and after signing for Juventus, he told French newspaper L'Equipe:

"Juventus has a history with French players. Then there was Arsenal, Liverpool, Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Bordeaux".

Clearly, Coman is yet another young player who saw the bright lights of one of Europe's biggest clubs, and put that ahead of his own personal development needs.

Some info about Coman:

* Attacking midfielder, who can play on left, as a number 10, or as a second striker.

* 20 apps for Juve over the past season (1 goals/2 assists)

* 36 apps for various France youth teams.

* Current deal expires in 2019.

* Feb 2013: Broke Nicolas Anelka's record to become the youngest player in Paris Saint-Germain's history (16 years, 8 months and 4 days).

* Jul 2015: Bayern Munich reportedly made a £15m offer for Coman, which was summarily dismissed by Juve.

* Dec 2014: Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri raved: "Coman is a future phenomenon. He is very young, and has huge room for improvement, but he is ready for the football that counts"

To me, this feels like another Lazar Markovic situation.

Prior to his Anfield move, Markovic had a (comparatively) poor goals/assists ratio at Benfica, and it's the same for Coman at Juve.

Additionally, with Jordon Ibe in the team, the vacancy for teenage attacking midfielder is already filled.

As such, where is the sense in signing yet another teenager, especially when Ibe will already be competing with Markovic, Firmino, Lallana, Origi, and Coutinho for a place in the starting line-up?

If Liverpool are to sign another attacking midfielder, it should (IMO) be a proven, experienced player, and the consistently prolific Andriy Yarmolenko is my personal choice.

Author: Jaimie K


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