Jurgen Klopp may have a fight on his hands should the Liverpool boss wish to sign Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia in January, with Marseille joining the fray.
The Reds came close to signing the defensive midfielder in 2015 when at Monaco, but Kondogbia switched to Inter instead.
After helping I Nerazzurri to fourth in last season’s Serie A table, things have turned sour for the 23-year-old this time around.
Kondogbia has struggled for first-time action at the San Siro under Frank de Boer, but the Dutchman was sacked by the club today after just 14 games in charge.
That may see the French international return to the fold, but if not, a January move looks likely.
And although Liverpool have been keen for some time, Marseille could be set to add a bit of competition.
The French club are already a whopping 15 points off leaders Nice in the Ligue 1 table, claiming just three wins this term.
In the search for a first league title since 2010, Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport believe Les Olympiens could make a mid-season move for the Inter ace.
Valued at £17m by transfermarkt.co.uk and with a contract running until 2020, Kondogbia won’t come cheap, but he could be one of the biggest talents available when January’s window opens.
Liverpool have been an attacking force in the Premier League this term, but one clean sheet from nine games suggests some tightening up is required defensively.
At 6ft 2in, Kondogbia would certainly add a physical presence to Liverpool’s already talented midfield, and would bring a greater defensive balance to the Anfield outfit’s attack-happy side.
The Inter outcast could very well be the solution to their problems, but it now seems as though the Reds won’t have it all their own way in the pursuit of this highly-rated midfield enforcer.
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