9 Dec 2016

Deal Close? Liverpool to make €22m offer for 'impressive' midfield sensation who wants transfer to 'Man Utd'

Liverpool are reportedly ready to sign one of Serie A's most coveted young midfielders.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport this week:

* Liverpool reps recently watched Kessie in action in Atalanta's 2-1 victory over Roma.

* Reds are planning a €22m offer, which comes with a salary of €2.5m per season.

Liverpool have allegedly scouted Kessie 'extensively' this season, and Man City, Juve, Chelsea, and Man United also interested, the Reds clearly have a lot of competition.

Some info about €20m-rated Kessie, who is (lazily) nicknamed the 'New Yaya Toure':

* Defensive/holding midfielder, who can also play as a center-back. Contract expires: 2021

* Atalanta/Cesena: 14 goals/assists in 56 apps (One every 314 mins).

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Can play in various positions. Good positioning, speed, stamina, power and technique. Excellent movement around the box".

* Aug 2016: Kessie admitted: "I was close to joining Sunderland, but I preferred Serie A to the Premier League because in Italy it's possible to learn tactics".

* Sep 2016: Kessi admitted: "I'd like to play for Manchester United. I don't know if [Jose] Mourinho will be there, but Manchester United has always been my favourite team."

* Oct 2016: Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini's assessment: "He [Kessie] has a good foundation and an impressive physical dominance. He can play one day at a big club".

* On his football role models: "My idols are Yaya Toure and [Michael] Essien. I was told that I have to work very hard to reach a big level".

If Klopp is seriously considering signing another young central midfielder, then what does this mean for Marko Grujic?


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