Liverpool, who are plotting a signing from Bayern Munich, have now seen their first bid for the player turned down by the German giants.
Liverpool have kickstarted preparations for next season after signing Ibrahima Konate. The Reds are looking to bounce back after a poor campaign last time around, which saw them bow out in the quarter-final of the Champions League and finish only fourth in the Premier League. A lack of squad depth last season was the main reason behind their lack of success.
Jurgen Klopp had to deal with wholesale injuries to his first-choice players with the likes of Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk all having to serve a significant time on the treatment table. Besides that, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both were not in their best runs of form at the start of the calendar year when Liverpool dropped several points.
In a bid to add to his bench’s strength and potentially compete for four titles next season, Klopp wants to add a winger to his roster. The Merseyside club is relatively short of options in the wide areas with Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri being the only choices to replace Mane and Salah, while Jota himself prefers a central role over a winger’s.
Calcio Mercato has claimed that Liverpool have made an inquest into signing Kingsley Coman from Bayern Munich. The Frenchman is touted to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer and the Premier League is likely to be his next destination, with Manchester United also thought to be interested in him as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
A bid of 35 million euros from the Anfield-based outfit has already been rebuked by Bayern Munich, who desire at least 50 million euros for Coman. The former Juventus superstar is certainly worth that much amount and Liverpool may ultimately have no hesitation in meeting the Bavarian side’s asking price. Having said that, he will be a superb acquisition.
Though it is unlikely that Coman will be a definite starter, his opportunities at Liverpool could be in plenty especially if Mane continues to disappoint in the final third. The Senegalese scored 16 times and assisted nine in 48 appearances in all competitions last season, but his inconsistency was a major problem for the team throughout the year.
Besides playing as a left winger, the World Cup winner is also capable of playing on the right flank which means he can fill-in for Salah. The Egyptian has barely had any rest in any of his four seasons at Anfield but could have a cushion going forward as Coman is also an able right winger. Plus, his characteristics are similar to those of Liverpool’s existing wingers.
He is an able player on the ball and proven goal-scorer who likes to cut inside and get into the central areas. The 25-year-old also contributes well defensively. Coman is good at counter pressing, a skill that is very important to Klopp’s tactical system, and tracks back often to help in turning over possession as well.
With a price tag of potentially just 50 million euros, the French forward is an experienced and worthy option for Liverpool to pursue. Do you think the Reds will sign him this summer?