According to L’Equipe*, Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing AS Monaco fullback Benjamin Mendy this summer.
Jürgen Klopp needs to sign a new left-back this summer after spending last season with James Milner as a fullback.
Benjamin Mendy is a player that has been identified as being fully capable of taking over from Milner and radically changing the way the Reds defend.
L’Equipe (print*) report that Liverpool remain in the hunt to sign Mendy along with Chelsea and Manchester City.
Although Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva were the shining lights in Monaco’s stunning rise to prominence last season, Mendy was equally important in winning Ligue 1 and making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Monaco want to hold onto Mendy and French newspaper L’Equipe* report the Ligue 1 champions expect any offer to be “exceptional” to land the fullback, although it is unclear exactly how much it would require to sign him.
According to Get French Football News, a fee between €50 and €60 million could be expected.
Signing a player of the Frenchman’s calibre at left back would represent good business although a very strong debate can be presented arguing whether or not he is worth €50 million.
That being said, these days, it’s the market rate for a good fullback.
Alberto Moreno is currently Liverpool’s second choice left back although the former Sevilla man is thought to be on the way out this summer.
Moreno spent the majority of last season on the bench as his failure to come to grips with positioning and holding the line cost him his place in the side.
The Spaniard started the first game of the 2016/17 season against Arsenal but poor positional sense and a foul on Theo Walcott in the penalty area saw Klopp drop him for the following game against Burnley.
Signing Mendy looks unlikely for Liverpool given the fullback’s significant price tag but Liverpool certainly need a new left back with European football returning to Anfield Road next season.
*All sources marked with an asterisk are hyperlinked to a report summarising a newspaper report from L’Equipe as there is no online version from the French news outlet.