Reported Liverpool target Manu Kone could be sold for less than £30m this summer.
Over the course of this week, Kone has begun to emerge as a very concrete transfer target for Liverpool. And according to journalist Ben Jacobs, the Reds could be about to land themselves an absolute bargain.
Speaking to The Football Terrace ‘Done Deal Show’ yesterday, Jacobs reported that the 22-year-old will be cheaper than expected this summer, whilst confirming an approach from Liverpool.
“Kone is on the list [for Liverpool], I think we have to wait and see how it develops,” said the journalist. “I’m also told that the price may well be a little bit lower than some people have reported. So that’s going to be interesting as far as any suitors are concerned.
“Liverpool want to get Mac Allister over the line and then with Manu Kone there’s concrete interest and there’s definitely been an approach.
“The price is very interesting because early reports suggested perhaps as high as 40 million, but I think if any deal is done there it’ll be a lot closer to 30 million and even a shade less potentially as well. There’s potential to get a bargain there from Borussia Monchengladbach but Liverpool are talking to a variety of targets. Khephren Thuram is another that is being considered and discussed internally.”
Liverpool looking for Bundesliga bargain
If Liverpool can get Kone in for less than £30m this summer, it has the potential to be the bargain of the summer window. The Gladbach midfielder looks like being worth potentially double that.
In a window where Liverpool are prioritising value for money, a signing like that would be even better than they could ever have hoped for.
When you consider the kind of money they’ve been quoted for other players, this really starts to become apparent.
For example, Brighton are reportedly looking for £100m to let Moises Caicedo go. Kone is just five months older than the Ecuadorian, and yet is already in his fourth season in senior football.
Caicedo may have a higher ceiling, but Kone has played for longer at a higher level. To get him in for £70m cheaper than the Brighton man seems almost too good to be true.
If this price-tag does turn out to be fact though, expect Liverpool to be all over it. Already with a sporting director familiar with the German game and with a need to bring in players of Kone’s ilk, there’s no reason this shouldn’t go ahead.
Let’s hope it does, while Liverpool’s rivals fight over who has the honour to pay Brighton £100m for Caicedo.
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