As negotiations between the player and club near their conclusion, Alexis Mac Allister is all but off limits to Liverpool. But Jurgen Klopp’s summer spending has only just begun.
The Reds manager has made it clear that he wants to reorganize his engine room this window, which includes adding more than one new midfielder. As the transfer window approaches, several names have been mentioned on Klopp’s radar, including James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keta, who are all expected to leave.
Barcelona’s Franck Kessié is one of them.
Liverpool is one of the main teams reportedly interested in signing the 26-year-old, according to a recent report from AS. Inter Milan is a rival, though, and Spurs might enter the fray after being linked to the Ivory Coast international last summer. Kessié only joined Barcelona last year, but it’s expected that he will be the first player to leave during this transfer window.
This summer, Klopp is looking for a “physical defender,” and the Barcelona player’s resume fits the bill. Because of his versatility, Kessié will be a valuable asset to Liverpool. He can play either centrally or deeper to support the backline.
The minimum price Barcelona will accept for him to leave is €35 million (£30 million), so if the Reds want to sign him this summer, they will need to make an offer in that range. The Blaugrana are still in “informal contact” with some clubs, including the Merseyside team, even though they have not yet received any official offers.
If Liverpool makes a “cash offer” to sign Kessié, Inter could lose out in the race for his services, according to a previous InterLive . it report.
Liverpool has already been linked with a number of high-profile players, suggesting that they are prepared to spend a sizeable amount of money this window. The goal of any summer spending will be to avoid a repeat of the 2022–23 season, as both Klopp and his team want to qualify for the Champions League.