LFC’s Shopping List: Kokcu, Thuram, and Kone Feature Prominently
As the summer transfer window approaches, the Reds’ recruiting efforts have become the focus of the footballing world. LFC’s primary targets for their midfield reinforcement have emerged: Feyenoord’s Orkun Kokcu, Khephren Thuram of Nice, and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone are all in sight.
Orkun Kokcu: Feyenoord’s Coveted Midfield Maestro
Despite rumoured talks with Thuram and Kone, Feyenoord’s young prodigy, Kokcu, is high on the list, as footballtransfers.com reports. The final decision rests with Jurgen Klopp and newly appointed sporting director, Jorg Schmadtke, to take this interest further.
LFC’s Flirtation with Thuram and Kone
Klopp’s admiration for France international, Thuram, is well known. The German manager seems to be winning the battle for the Nice star, with Anfield reportedly his preferred destination. A key player in these negotiations is none other than his father, the legendary Lilian Thuram.
Liverpool also maintains an interest in Kone. However, conflicting reports cast a shadow on the extent of this interest. What is clear, as reported during the winter window, is that discussions have been held. Sources suggest that the €35-€40m mark is what Monchengladbach seek for their talented midfielder.
The Newcastle Connection
While Liverpool’s pursuit of these players intensifies, Newcastle United has expressed interest in Thuram and Kone. The Magpies have reportedly held discussions with Kone previously and have recently engaged in talks with Thuram. Their preference for Premier League experienced players might hamper their pursuit, as both Thuram and Kone are reported to favour a move to Liverpool.
Mason Mount, Alexis Mac Allister, and Jude Bellingham: LFC’s English Interests
Mason Mount’s potential move to Manchester United, despite Liverpool’s long-standing interest, hints at the complexities of this transfer season. At the same time, Alexis Mac Allister’s move to Liverpool appears increasingly likely, after Jude Bellingham chose Real Madrid.
Liverpool had made considerable efforts to recruit Bellingham, including several meetings at the club’s London offices. Despite the youngster’s apparent preference for the Reds, a move to Madrid seems all but inevitable.
In an exclusive: “Kouadio Manu Kone is expected to leave Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer and the Premier League is the most probable destination. Hear his price remains closer to €40m still. Liverpool and Newcastle admirers.”
As Klopp and the team gear up for a potentially busy transfer season, the squad’s reinvigoration remains the top priority. With a clear focus on the midfield, fans and pundits alike eagerly await the outcomes of these transfer talks.