Liverpool are being heavily linked with a player who could follow the same transfer path as Ibrahima Konaté, who came through the same academy as the French defender.
As the opening of the transfer window in England edges nearer, the rumors around Liverpool’s activity only grow. With plenty of business to be done at Anfield, this promises to be an exciting summer ahead.
Jürgen Klopp’s primary objective will be to revamp the midfield. He’s already said goodbye to three players (plus Arthur Melo as well) which has left his midfield with a lot of gaps to be filled.
Now there’s work to be done to recruit the right reinforcements in order to ensure Liverpool remains competitive next season and is able to return to the Champions League, which will be the main goal heading into next season for the club.
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One of the latest stars who has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield is Manu Koné. A midfielder for Borussia Mönchengladbach, the likes of Fabrizio Romano and Sport BILD’s Christian Falk has reported the club’s interest in a player who has previously been linked with the Reds.
Both Romano and Falk have suggested Liverpool is in talks to sign the exciting 22-year-old midfielder, who with his hard-working style and intelligent reading of the game, could fit into various roles Klopp’s system and definitely feels like an ideal signing for the club.
One of the most interesting aspects of the deal is that if it should get completed, Koné would be the second product to sign for Liverpool from Paris FC. Two years above him, Ibrahima Konaté also came through the same academy system and followed practically a very similar path.
Liverpool has always liked to recruit players from similar systems. For a little while the Reds bulked bought in Southampton. Then Red Bull became the new wave under Michael Edwards, and if Koné is signed Paris FC might become a similar source for the Reds.
Paris is a hub for talented footballers all across France and Paris FC in particular has a very underrated youth set-up having produced multiple international footballers such as Hannibal Mejbri, Loïc Badé, Nordi Mukiele, Boubakary Soumaré, Rayan Aït-Nouri and Axel Disasi, to name just a few.
Once a force in Paris and probably the biggest team in the French capital, the club has fallen down the pecking ladder since the emergence of Paris Saint Germain, and at first-team level has become a mainstay in the second tier in Ligue 2.
However, at academy level, Paris FC continues to flourish and attract and develop exciting footballers who go on to have successful careers.
The amount of talent who has come through the set-up is noteworthy, to say the least, and it’s interesting to see the profile Paris FC players all possess: hard-working, with lots of energy and athletic ability, but also technically gifted and really intelligent and versatile footballers.
In many senses, Paris FC’s academy products tick a lot of boxes for Liverpool and as the youth set-up continues to function, Liverpool would be smart to keep an eye on the next Koné and Konaté coming through.