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Liverpool: Southampton’s Saido Mane targeted; Joe Allen latest; Rachid Ghezzal on club radar

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Liverpool: Southampton’s Saido Mane targeted; Joe Allen latest; Rachid Ghezzal on club radar

Liverpool have shown the most interest in signing coveted Lyon wide-man Rachid Ghezzal, according to reports from L’Equipe on Thursday morning.

The Algerian international has one year left on his contract and the Ligue 1 outfit do not want him to leave for free next summer.

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Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: “He still hasn’t signed a contract renewal. If he does not sign it next week, we will put him in the [transfer] market.”

According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are interested in the winger, while he is also attracting attention from Middlesbrough, Celta Vigo and Valencia. Ghezzal scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 29 league appearances for Lyon in 2015/16.

The 24-year-old is a creative talent down the right flank, who has an eye for a key pass and is a competent dribbler of the ball. However, question marks remain over his quality and first impressions suggest he is not good enough to improve Jurgen Klopp’s current best eleven.

Reliant on a deft touch and the quality of his left foot, he may struggle to match up to the physicality of the Premier League.

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In other news, Sevilla have joined Swansea in the race to sign Reds midfielder Joe Allen this summer in a £10m deal, according to Goal.com.

The 26-year-old has just one year left on his current contract and Jurgen Klopp could be ready to sell him while the club can still recoup a fee for his services.

Allen went to the Euros uncertain of his future after an end-of-season meeting with the German head coach, which has led to several sides keeping tabs on his situation.

However, his strong midfield displays in France have brought glowing praise from fans, his international team mates and admiring glances from other clubs.

Allen has featured in each of his country’s three matches at Euro 2016 thus far, and he has been excellent throughout.

His performances in the centre of the park have seen him complete 87% of his total attempted passes, while he has created four chances for his team-mates (including one assist) and found success in six of six take ons.

Despite making just eight starts for the Reds last term, his departure would represent a significant loss for the club.

 

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Liverpool are considering a swoop for Southampton’s £25million-rated forward Sadio Mane, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old joined the Saints for £11.8m from Red Bull Salzburg in September 2014, and has impressed on the south coast during his two seasons at the club.

Last term, Mane amassed 37 Premier League appearances, scoring 11 goals and recording six assists. His efforts saw him contribute to as many goals as Roberto Firmino, who finished the campaign as Liverpool’s most prolific player in the final third.

He would be an excellent addition for the Reds, slotting in nicely to Jurgen Klopp’s attacking midfield trio. Alongside Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, with Sturridge up front, he would form arguably the most potent attacking force in the English top flight.

Southampton will undoubtedly be desperate to hold onto their star players as they look to start afresh following the managerial exit of Ronald Koeman to Everton.

However, Mane would not be the first player to make the move from St Mary’s to Anfield, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne also heading north in recent years.

For £25 million, the Senegalese international would be an excellent capture for the Reds.

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And finally, Jurgen Klopp’s search for a left-back goes on after Leicester turned down the Reds’ £7 million offer for Ben Chilwell’s services.

The Premier League champions want £10m for the 19-year-old – a fee that the Merseyside outfit could be unwilling to pay

Athletic Mineiro’s Douglas Santos has been touted as an alternative replacement.

Santos is said to have a £7.7m release clause in his contract and Brazilian newspaper Globo Esport reckons the Reds are keen to match it.


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