Italian pundit Walter Sabatini told CalcioNapoli24 that Liverpool and Manchester City should have signed Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
Anguissa, 25, has been on the books at Fulham since joining the club in the summer of 2018. But after relegation, he joined Villarreal in 19-20.
A return to the Premier League saw Anguissa play 36 times in England’s top tier last season, but the Cottagers were relegated again.
It has seen ex-Marseille ace Anguissa move to Napoli on loan – but with a permanent clause. Fabrizio Romano says there is a £12.5m deal in the loan.
Speaking after his first 10 Napoli games, ex-Inter and Roma director of football Sabatini is shocked Liverpool and Manchester City were not keen.
Sabatini told CalcioNapoli24. “I don’t understand. I am amazed that the two Manchester teams, Chelsea, Liverpool did not look at the Fulham player.”
Sabatini on Anguissa: Liverpool a better move than Manchester City
Anguissa did earn plenty of praise last season – with fans of rival clubs suggesting they go for him. Arsenal fans were certainly keen on Anguissa.
But Liverpool could do with a midfielder. Anguissa would have been a very solid replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer.
Liverpool do have an improved Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit and Harvey Elliott looked good before injury. Curtis Jones, too.
Anguissa, though, would be a decent addition – especially given he is worth a bargain £12.5million, according to the permanent fee in his Napoli deal.