Liverpool can sign Franck Kessie for free this summer and they can secure a pre-contract deal with the Ivorian midfielder this month, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Georginio Wijnaldum left the club this summer for PSG after his contract expired as the club owners let his contract end and the FSG did not replace him and now the Reds are paying the price.
Jurgen Klopp is grappling with a selection crisis this season, with suspension, injuries and COVID-19 negatively affecting the squad as CAN took away Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita for a month.
Replacing Gini, one of the club’s and Premier League’s fittest players during his time at Anfield, should have been a priority but it is now hurting Liverpool but a potential replacement in Franck Kessie has been identified.
He has been linked with the Merseysiders for several months and now Liverpool are allowed to speak to Kessie as clubs outside of Italy are free to speak to him as he only has six months left on his contract, reports the Liverpool Echo.
According to a report by Spanish media El Nacional from October, Liverpool were willing to make Kessie an offer of € 30million (£ 25.4million) as a signing bonus in order to convince him to choose Anfield on the San Siro.
While Liverpool need a replacement for Wijnaldum, Kessie could also provide more depth as a defensive midfielder when Fabinho gets injured or needs a rest as Liverpool appear to be in the shadow of themselves when the Brazilian is not in the starting XI.
The importance of Jurgen Klopp’s midfielder has come to light this season, as Wijnaldum’s absence has had a significant impact, as has Thiago’s absence as the Spaniard is unable to stay in shape.
He missed 10 injury games at the start of the season due to a calf injury and has since returned to the squad, performed very well and showed his importance to the squad, contracted COVID-19 and has contracted a mysterious hip injury.
Liverpool have a 100% win rate when they started this season, but only a 36% win rate without him. Disturbing.
Thiago’s control and measured approach to the game allows Liverpool to set the tempo and maintain a foothold in games that have otherwise eluded them this season and although Kessie is not the same type of midfielder he is also very good technically and is a major upgrade over some of the other midfielders available for Klopp.
Signing him for free also sweetens the deal, but it’s frustrating that the Reds haven’t budged this summer.
I understand that he is free in 6 months, even though it is valued at 59million euros (£ 49.2million), but failing to refresh the team season after season holds Liverpool back as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United pass freely summer after summer, winter after winter.
Even Aston Villa and Newcastle United are showing more ambition in the transfer market and owners need to step up their efforts otherwise it could prove costly in the next few years.