Liverpool are trying to sign Manu Kone and it seems the Borussia Monchengladbach star has always loved the Reds.
Manu Kone has considered Liverpool as his ‘favourite club’ for years now as a move to Anfield becomes a real possibility.
That is according to Reda Bekhti, a former Paris FC academy coach who spotted Kone as a kid.
Bekhti has told Liverpool.com that Kone actually wore a Liverpool kit when he came for a trial at Paris FC.
Bekhti recalls Kone training at Under-11 level and claims that Liverpool are his ‘favourite club’.
“It would be especially gratifying for Manu. I remember in his trial at Paris FC, he was dressed in a Liverpool kit, it’s his favourite club,” said Bekhti.
Kone did go on to sign for Paris FC, joining their ranks in 2012 before moving on to Boulogne-Billancourt and Toulouse.
The 22-year-old has built himself up over the years and may now have the chance to join Liverpool in an emotional move.
Manu Kone to Liverpool – the latest
Rumours of Kone leaving Borussia Monchengladbach for Liverpool really accelerated last week.
Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk took to Twitter last week to report that Liverpool have started talks to sign Kone.
Falk noted that Liverpool see Kone as an ideal alternative to Jude Bellingham having missed out on the Borussia Dortmund star.
Kone has excelled in the Bundesliga and has been hailed as a ‘phenomenal’ player by former Premier League goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
The 22-year-old is an all-action midfielder who can break play up in front of the back line and then drive forward to create in the final third.
One interesting note is that the son of Liverpool’s new sporting director is set to call the shots at Gladbach.
Nils Schmadtke – son of Jorg Schmadtke – is set to become Gladbach’s new sporting director, meaning he will have a say in Kone’s future as Liverpool chase a deal.
Liverpool seem to be leading the race and that would give Kone the chance to live out his dream of playing for the Reds.