Cesc Fabregas has backed Aurelien Tchouameni to join Liverpool this summer amid intensifying speculation of a move to Anfield.
The Reds are closing in on an announcement of a deal to sign Fabio Carvalho that has already been sealed and may well add Tchouameni to the squad when the season ends.
The Reds are looking to bolster their midfield ranks this summer and AS Monaco’s powerhouse would not be out of place in the middle of the park.
Tchouameni is a more offensive version of Fabinho and while that’s not a perfect description, it gives you a sense of what Jurgen Klopp could achieve with the 22-year-old in his side.
Liverpool do not have any natural cover for Fabinho with Jordan Henderson or James Milner forced to play in the holding midfield role whenever the Brazilian is unavailable.
Fabinho is hardly injury prone but he does pick up a knock from time to time which is to be expected of a player that is required to play every game of major importance and is constantly flying into challenges.
His importance is not to be understated and while he has had a few less than world-class displays recently, fatigue is certainly a factor after a season which has seen Liverpool play every single game possible.
Adding Aurelien Tchouameni to the mix would only serve to make Liverpool better as a squad as there would be more competition for places, leading Klopp to have more options depending on the opposition.
The midfielder is valued at €70million (£59m) and while that’s a major fee to be spent on a player that won’t be an immediate starter next season, he will one day be a crucial player for the Reds.
I’ve said it a few times already but I would expect his pathway to a starting role would mimic the way Ibrahima Konate has served as a deputy to Joel Matip with increased importance recently.
The Frenchman could start the Champions League final in Paris, his hometown, and he will be able to help Tchouameni settle in at the club should he join this summer.
Sacha Tavolieri reports that Tchouameni have made him a priority while adding developments on a deal to sign the ace are expected next week.
Cesc Fabregas told AFP, with his comments reported by RMC Sport, that he would like to see Tchouameni and a couple of his teammates join Liverpool or Bayern.
He said: “At the time, I signed with one objective: to save the team, then 19th with 13 points. I took a big risk because relegation was possible.
“When I came, Thierry (Henry) and Vadim (Vasilyev) also asked me to help grow the young people. It was an important point. Today, I feel like I have won the respect of this younger generation. I hope I have helped. We like each other.
“I will continue to follow them, exchange with them. I would like to see Fofana, Diop or Tchouameni at Bayern or Liverpool!”