Liverpool are direct contact with midfielders Khephren Thuram and Manu Kone over moves to Anfield this summer.
The Reds are looking to get their business done early as they contemplate a midfield overhaul. And as per journalist Fabrizio Romano’s latest Twitter update this morning, they now have the bit between their teeth.
Romano reported yesterday that Liverpool are on the verge of sealing Alexis Mac Allister’s move from Brighton. Now, the journalist has claimed that they’re weighing up official bids for Thuram and Kone, as talks with both players continue this week.
“Liverpool have been in direct contact with both Manu Kone and Khephren Thuram agents again this week,” he reports. “Internal discussion taking place over official proposals.
“Liverpool asked for some time to close in on Mac Allister deal then decide on new midfielders.”
Liverpool make their moves
As Romano himself would say, here we go! Strap yourselves in as the Reds aim to do the business they should have probably done 12 months ago.
As Liverpool fans, we haven’t been used to seeing our club so active in the transfer window for some time. We’ve largely had to sit back and watch as the likes of Chelsea add player after player to their squad.
Of course, that isn’t always a bad thing. Liverpool have been smarter than most of their rivals in terms of recruitment ever since Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club. But this year, there’s no getting away from it. Work needs to be done.
Thankfully, unlike last summer, Jurgen and the club now seem to fully understand that that is the case. Consequently, it’s brilliant to see Liverpool moving forward to get potential signings done early. That could mean we go through the inevitable barren later months of the window, but we’ll worry about that then!
So, what of Kone and Thuram, then. Well, it’s interesting to note that the two players are actually good friends. Ever since their days in the French youth teams together they’ve seemingly been close. In a window where Liverpool are bringing in a few new midfielders, perhaps this will be an underrated factor.
As a pair who’ve played together in the past and have a good relationship off the pitch, Kone and Thuram will maybe take less time to forge an understanding at Anfield. It’s those kinds of intangibles that have made Liverpool such wily operators over recent years.
Still, maybe it’s one or the other in the end. But given the links, we feel the Reds are pushing for both. Mac Allister, Kone, Thuram. Now that’s a midfield rebuild!