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9 Feb 2016

Transfer Boost: Liverpool can sign 'exciting' attacker who idolises 'Ronaldo' for '€20m'. Confirmed by Lille SD

Liverpool are reportedly monitoring 'exciting' Lille attacker Sofiane Boufal, and according to the French club's sporting director, Jean-Michel Vandamme, Boufal is all set for a move to the Premier League this summer.

Liverpool were linked with Boufal during the January transfer window, and according to the Daily Express:

* Liverpool and Arsenal are considering summer deals for 22-year old Boufal.

* Reds scouts have been 'tracking' Boufal all season.

When asked last night about Liverpool's interest, Vandamme told reporters:

"In June, it's possibile that he [Boufal] may leave. There are Premier League clubs after him. Boufal costs at least €20m, that's the minimum".

When asked in October about a move abroad, Boufal told France Football:

"I plan to go later in my career to a big European club that will play hopefully in the Champions League, in order to continue my progression".

Some info about Boufal:

* Right winger, who can also play on the left, and as a number-10.

* This season: 9 goals/assists in 25 apps (One every 215 mins).

* Career total: 28 goals/assists in 92 apps (One every 221 mins)

* Nicknamed 'the new Hazard' (just like every other promising Ligue One attacker).

* On his role models: "My biggest inspiration is Ronaldinho. For me, he is the best player of all time".

* Lille lynchpin Florent Balmont's assessment: "He has a good mentality [but] picks up too many yellow cards [9 yellows/1 red this season]. He must follow the example of Eden Hazard, who took a lot of hits but got up right away. Boufal works defensively but can still do better."

Thanks, but no thanks. For £15m, Boufal's minutes per goal/assist ratio just isn't good enough, especially when there are significantly more prolific players available for the same price (i.e. Yarmolenko)

Author: Jaimie K


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