According to Sport Bild, Liverpool have expressed an interest in Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Manu Koné.
On Tuesday Liverpool announced that Jörg Schmadtke would be taking over as the club’s sporting director, where he would be expected to plan the squad ahead of the upcoming season. His first acquisition could be the current Gladbach midfielder as the English club have informed Koné that they are ready to enter negotiations with the Foals.
Koné’s contract is set to expire in 2025, however, Gladbach have the option to extend it another year, which would put the Foals in a favourable position to increase the possible fee. Gladbach are hopeful of generating a high transfer fee for the Frenchman in order to compensate for the free departures of three-star players in Marcus Thuram, Lars Stindl and Ramy Bensebaini.
Koné has been a vitally important player for Daniel Farke’s side this campaign. The French under-21 international has won more tackles than any other Gladbach player this season, while his ball progression has been key to Farke’s style of play with 166 progressive passes – 50 more than the next Gladbach player.
If Liverpool are to capture the signing of Koné then they will have to offer around €40-50m for Gladbach to listen. This would allow Die Fohlen to reinvest in their squad as they prepare to challenge for European football once again next season
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