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28 Jul 2015

Next to Sign? Boss confirms 'extraordinary €15m playmaker has 'agreed' transfer to 'great English club'. LFC?

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for allegedly 'extraordinary' Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout, and according to the club's President, the 22-year old will sign for a Premier League club in the very near future. Could it be LFC?

On Saturday, French newspaper L'Equipe claimed that:

* Liverpool are Spurs are interesting in signing 22-year old Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout.

* Nantes have received an 'offer' from an un-named English club.

When asked a day later about Liverpool's interest, Nantes President Valdemar Kita told Foot Mercato:

"If he [Veretout] comes to me and he decides to leave, I will not have a choice.

"I will not stop his footballing and economic developments. There already final offers and others will come".

Well, it seems as if Veretout has actually decided to leave. Last night, Kita confirmed:

“I am obliged to give in. He [Veretout] is 22, and has a big future. We've agreed on everything [and] he will play for a great English club.”

Spurs, and Aston Villa are also tracking €15m-rated Veretout, and all three teams can legitimately be described as 'great' English clubs.

In terms of historical success, Liverpool are clearly the 'greatest' of the three, but With Henderson, Milner, Allen, Lucas, Coutinho, Firminho, Ibe, and Lallana in the squad, it's hard to see where Veretout fits in.

Some info about the player:

* Can play as a DM, a box-to-box midfielder, or as a number-10, where he played for much of last season.

* Current contract expires: 2017.

* 2013: Part of France's U-20 World Cup-winning squad.

* 44 apps for various France youth teams.

* 15 goals/23 assists (38) in 142 apps for Nantes (goal/assist every 3.8 games)

* Last season: 7 goals/7assists in 40 apps (goals/assist every 2.8 games)

Liverpool need a DM, so if Rodgers is bringing Veretout in to fill that role, then the transfer makes some kind of sense.

However, Veretout predominantly (and effectively) played as an attacking midfielder last season, and in that position, there's (arguably) far too much competition in the squad.

Do Liverpool need Veretout?

Author: Jaimie K


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