10 Jan 2016

'The Boss' to Anfield? - 'Extraordinary' £67k-a-week Liverpool target confirms 'advanced contact' with Prem clubs. LFC?

Over the Christmas period, French newspaper L'Equipe claim that Marseille offered Liverpool the chance to sign goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, and in a new interview this weekend, Mandanda confirmed contact with Premier League clubs, and revealed his current and future transfer plans.

When asked today about the possibility of a January transfer, Mandanda told L'Equipe:

"I had very advanced contacts and offers, but I came to the conclusion that the best thing for me was to continue the Marseille adventure. I do not know what will happen in six months".

So, a January move is out, but what about a summer transfer? Like Mignolet, Mandanda is:

* A backup goalkeeper for his national team.

* His club side's first-choice goalkeeper.

Is the 30-year old - described this month by Marseille boss Michel as 'a leader' and 'the boss' in the dressing room - a significant upgrade on Mignolet, who is the most error-prone Premier League player over the last three seasons:

PRIMARY STATS (In comparison to Mignolet):


* Man: 447 conceded in 414 games at Marseille (1.1 per game/1 every 83 mins)

* Mig: 138 conceded in 117 games at LFC (1.2 per games/1 every 77 mins)

Clean Sheets

* Man: 132 in 414 games(1 every 3.1 games/1 every 262 mins).

Mig: 36 in 117 games (1 every 3.3 games/1 every 295 mins)

Saves (Last 3 seasons)

* Man: Saved 66% of shots on target.

* Mig: Saved 67% of shots target.

Stats: OPTA

As the stats show, Mandanda concedes fewer goals than Mignolet, and achieves clean sheets on a more regular basis, so based on primary stats, he appears to be an upgrade on the Belgian.

According to ex-Marseille boss Elie Baup, Mandanda - reportedly on 67k-a-week at Marseille - is an 'extraordinary' performer and 'the best goalkeeper in Ligue 1'.

A viable long-term replacement for Mignolet?

Author: Jaimie K


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