14 Jun 2016

Yes Please: Klopp makes personal request to sign 'amazing' £22m powerhouse. Liverpool transfer this summer?

In April, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admitted that 'Amazing' midfielder N'Golo Kante 'could leave' the club this summer, and with the transfer season in full swing, Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for the coveted France international.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport:

"Jurgen Klopp is enchanted by Kante's performances this season, and he has regularly asked Leicester about his availability".

Kante - who has a £22m buyout clause - seems open to a move. In May, he told reporters:

"I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see. I don't mind about the [transfer speculation from] other clubs"

I recently conducted a site poll asking fans whether Liverpool should try and sign Kante. The results:

Kante appears to be tailor-made for Jurgen Klopp's style of football, and £22m is a comparative steal. However, again, it all comes back to Champions League football and personal ambition: it makes absolutely no sense to leave Leicester for a club that finished in 8th place in the league, especially after sweating blood to win the league.

Klopp is (allegedly) an attraction for players, but Guardiola and Mourinho are (arguably) more enticing than Klopp, and even though Man Utd are not in the Champions League, the presence of Mourinho means that qualification for next season's competition is basically a formality (based on his management history).

I'd love to see Kante at Anfield, but there could be a negative side-effect: Klopp may play Emre Can in a more advanced Henderson-esque role to accommodate Kante, and that is (IMO) a bad idea. Can does not have the game intelligence, guile, passing range, or speed of thought to be an effective attacking playmaker, and the idea of him being the club's main midfield playmaker is distinctly unappealing.


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