Liverpool reportedly want Le Harve midfielder Pape Gueye. It would be low risk with the potential for very high reward.
French journalist Julien Laurens claims Liverpool have interest in Gueye. The 21-year-old currently plays in Ligue 2 but has impressed enough that a plethora of elite clubs want him.
“There’s already a lot of clubs that I know are keen on him and in contact with him and his agent and Le Havre as well,” Laurens told ESPN.
“We’re talking about Liverpool, we’re talking about Arsenal, we’re talking about Manchester United, Manchester City as well.”
The Express, meanwhile, believe that £5m would get Gueye’s signature. That’s because his contract expires in 2021 – making this year the prime-time to get him.
So here’s what you get for that reported £5m – a 21-year-old footballer who can play both holding midfield and more advanced. You get someone who has repeatedly captained his team, too, despite his young age. And a player with enough talent that England’s elite all want him.
How often do you get anything approaching all that for £5m these days? Essentially, never.
Even more appetising for Liverpool is that he fits the bill so well. The Reds’ midfield is a versatile one, made up of players who are capable of a bit of everything, rather than specialist roles.
It’s why Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum are essentially irreplaceable right now. It’s why James Milner always looks impressive.
Gueye could comfortably develop into that kind of player at Liverpool. If he’s already showing the signs, after all, then Jurgen Klopp has the ability to mould him further.
Then there are the captain-qualities. Those are, once again, something Liverpool like in midfield. Players who can take charge and step up to whatever role the team needs at that moment.
We’ve seen Klopp develop Wijnaldum into, arguably, the best box-to-box player around. Give him Gueye’s raw talents and there’s the potential, at least, for him to do it again.
At £5m this deal would be very low risk. The reward, however, could be very high indeed.