A report in Germany is suggesting that Liverpool could be interested in a move for Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
It is reported by Express.de that Jurgen Klopp’s men could make a move for the Frenchman when the transfer window reopens, with a reported £44 million price-tag on his head.
It would undoubtedly be a top signing for Liverpool, with Thuram in fine form for Gladbach ever since leaving Guingamp for the Bundesliga.
However, one major issue for Liverpool might revolve around the player’s agent. Thuram is represented by Italian ‘superagent’ Mino Raiola.
Raiola, who represents superstars like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Braut Haaland, is not on Liverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas card list.
The agent was seemingly furious with the way that Klopp treated another of his famous clients, Mario Balotelli, in his final few months at Anfield.
“At the end of the day the Liverpool directors admitted Klopp was unfair.
“I won’t judge him as a coach, even if for me he isn’t a great tactician, but I don’t think he realised we were talking about a person. Mario was exemplary, he never complained even when training alone.
“It’s not enough to say Klopp was unfair: he was a piece of s**t.”
In 2018, it was even rumoured that Klopp’s relationship with Raiola could hinder Liverpool’s transfer chances regarding AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Some Liverpool fans will be asking so what? Business is business. Well, Manchester United’s own strained relationship with Raiola over Pogba seemingly curtailed their interest in Haaland in January, as Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later confirmed (as reported by The Daily Mail).
There have been rumblings of a kiss-and-make-up scenario between Klopp and Raiola since the Balotelli incident, but nothing concrete.
However, if Liverpool want to sign Thuram, common ground will have to be met.