15 Feb 2017

Klopp to Sign? 'Impressive' €27m sensation responds to Liverpool rumours; confirms he'll 'discuss' transfer with Atalanta

One of Liverpool's recent transfer targets has responded to rumours linking him with a summer move to the Premier League.

In December, Sky Sports claimed that Liverpool were 'lining up a €27m January bid for Atalanta holding midfielder Franck Kessie.

Soon after, a Tutto Mercato exclusive claimed:

"Kessie is wanted by Liverpool, Juventus, and Everton, but negotiations with Chelsea over a summer move to Stamford Bridge are at an advanced stage".

Liverpool have allegedly scouted 'impressive' Kessie 'extensively' this season, and when asked this week about recent reports, he enthused:

"I am very flattered that clubs of this level are interested in me. This proves that I'm having a good season. I don't know if my club has received any offers. We'll see if we need to discuss anything".

Jordan Henderson is currently playing the holding role, and there's no way the captain will be cast aside for a 20-year old, so if Liverpool pursue Kessie this summer, where will he fit it?

* You don't pay €27m for a player to then keep him on the bench, so it looks like Emre Can and Giorgino Wijnaldum will have some serious competition for their places (which is a good thing).

* Bringing in another central midfielder should (in theory) release Wijnaldum to play in a more advanced role, and perhaps that's Klopp's overall plan?

Kessie recently admitted that he'd 'like to play for Manchester United', and confirmed that 'United has always been my favourite team', so he may not even want to sign for Liverpool.


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