17 Feb 2017

Done Deal: 'Exceptional' €15m sensation who was invited to Liverpool signs 4-year 'contract'.

One of Jurgen Klopp's transfer targets has signed a new deal with his current club.

On Thursday evening, Marseille confirmed that coveted attacker Maxime Lopez has signed a 'contract extension' until June 2021, and according to the club's president Jacques-Henri Eyraud:

"Maxime Lopez's extension is a strong symbol for all of us. He is a young, talented player [with] exceptional discipline and work ethic...and a mentality to put the collective interest ahead of individual interest."

Liverpool were last linked with Lopez in November, when TalkSport claimed:

"Liverpool are interested in signing Marseille attacker Maxime Lopez [and] have sent scouts to watch him in action".

Soon after, ex-Marseille boss Jose Anigo confirmed:

"Maxime Lopez was about to sign for them [Liverpool] in 2014."

This fits with a Daily Mail report from 2014, which claimed:

"Liverpool invited Lopez to the Merseyside derby, and he met with Brendan Rodgers".

Some info about €15m-rated Lopez:

* 18-year old attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing. Nicknamed the 'New Nasri'.

* Marseille: 7 goals/assists in 21 apps. 3 goals/assists in 6 apps for Marseille's U19 team.

* Nov 2016: Lopez's team-mate Florian Thauvin raved: "He [Lopez] played an excellent match. He’s a very good player and has a very bright future.”

* Nov 2016: Marseille right-back Rod Fanni's assessment: "He [Lopez] has everything to become a great number 10. He will have to work physically because he has not a very imposing size, but he can do it".

Marseille have obviously tied Lopez down to ward off interest from bigger clubs, and his new contract probably contains an extortionate buyout clause. Money talks, and if the right offer comes in, I have no doubt that Marseille will be tempted to sell. As for Liverpool - the Reds are oversubscribed in the number-10 position, so losing out here is no big loss.


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