Fabrizio Romano names player that’s on Liverpool’s transfer shortlist

Fabrizio Romano says that Yves Bissouma is one of three names on Liverpool’s transfer shortlist this summer but Brighton will only let him leave for around £50m.

Wijnaldum leaving the club will force Jurgen Klopp into the transfer market but it’s unclear who he wants to sign with several conflicting reports floating about at the moment.

What are Liverpool’s plans?

Speaking on his podcast, Fabrizio Romano said: “[Liverpool] are working to sell players. So, the priority also to bring in a new attacking player is to sell an attacking player.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“Shaqiri will be one of them because he has some proposals from Italy and [elsewhere], so Shaqiri will be out of Liverpool in some weeks if the right proposal will arrive.

“It’s the same for Origi. They want more than €20million (£17.1m) for Origi so we’ll see if someone will make this proposal.”

He also says that there are three players on the Liverpool ‘agenda’ and one of them is Yves Bissouma.

What do we know about Bissouma to Liverpool?

Anfield Central reported on the 28th of May that a deal to sign the Malian will cost the Reds around the £50million mark.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Ibrahima Diallo of Southampton and Yves Bissouma of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on March 14, 2021 in Southampton, England.
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Ibrahima Diallo of Southampton and Yves Bissouma of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on March 14, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

While we’ve been told that it’s something that might be revisited down the line should significant outgoings occur, Liverpool aren’t looking to spend the majority of their budget on a midfielder with other areas of the pitch in need of reinforcement as well.

His contract at the AMEX Stadium only expires in two years so they are under no pressure to sell but before wages are factored in, this is already a deal that is considered too costly for the Anfield outfit.

Signing a midfielder isn’t the priority

As Romano has reported, signing a midfielder isn’t the priority this summer. With Ibrahima Konate’s move to Liverpool wrapped up, signing an attacker is now the most important piece of business for Michael Edwards.

Whoever Liverpool do sign in midfield will likely arrive as a squad option initially but as things stand, it’s unlikely that it will be Bissouma.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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