The agent of Mainz 05 defender Jean-Phillipe Gbamin has told German outlet Fussball Transfers that he has spoken with Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal over a potential move to the Premier League.
Gbamin, 23, is a centre-back with plenty of speed but is more than comfortable on the ball and willing to put his body on the line. His ability, though, allows him to also play in central midfield on occasion.
The Ivory Coast international has impressed in the top tier of German football since his move to the club in 2016. He has clocked up 95 appearances, 33 of which came last season – scoring two goals and keeping seven clean sheets.
Asked about Gbamin’s future, agent Bernard Collignon claimed that he has held talks with the Premier League quartet in regards to a possible transfer. Collignon reckons it would take a bid of £54million to get a deal done.
“I have had meetings with Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and many other clubs. He is on their shortlist. However, not as a top candidate, because its exact position is unclear,” Collignon said.
“In my opinion he is a player worth 60 million euros. It’s time for him to play as a centre-back. There he would be a top player in all four major leagues and would make a great career.”
TBR’s view – is Gbamin good value for Tottenham or Liverpool?
Gbamin is certainly a centre-back with enormous potential. At 23 years of age, he has already shown that he has the ability to be one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga.
However, at £54million, Gbamin is very expensive and if any of the four Premier League clubs want the Ivory Coast international’s signature, then the chances are they will not be spending such a figure.
It remains to be seen where Gbamin’s future lies, but it is clear that he wants to leave Mainz.