21 Jun 2016

Anfield Alert: Agent confirms '€25m' transfer fee for 'exciting' Klopp target. Liverpool favourites to sign

In February, Liverpool were linked with a summer move for Lille star Sofiane Boufal, and the player's agent has now confirmed that any interested club will have to pay through the nose to sign the 'exciting' attacker.

On Sunday, the Liverpool Echo claimed that Liverpool are still tracking Boufal, and according to his agent:

"We are in contact with three clubs. In England, there is interest, but the market is just beginning. A €25m transfer is not resolved in two weeks, of course."

Some info about Boufal, who is Nicknamed 'the new Hazard':

* Right winger, who can also play on the left, and as a number-10. Current contract expires: 2019

* This Season: 12 goals/4 assists in 35 apps (One every 170 mins).

* Lille Total: 26 goals/assists in 51 apps (One every 145 mins)

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Lightning quick feet. Ability to dribble through incredibly tight spaces. Dangerous anywhere in the final third".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "Tendency to overplay and hold onto the ball [too long] his team-mates and coaches would like. Exhilarating and frustrating in equal measure".

* 10 Jun 2016: The Mirror recently claimed: "Liverpool are the favourites to land Boufal [who] has impressed [Liverpool] scouts"

* May 2016: Named 'Best African Player' in Ligue One.

* Apr 2015: On his role models: "My biggest inspiration is Ronaldinho. For me, he is the best player of all time".

Boufal's minutes per goal/assist ratio is creditable, but 4 assists in 35 games last season is a pitiful return for an attacking midfielder, and is not (IMO) worth €25m. In any event, when asked in October about a move abroad, Boufal told France Football:

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

That appears to rule out a move to Liverpool.


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