Report: Liverpool to battle Arsenal for Pape Gueye
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Report: Liverpool to battle Arsenal for Pape Gueye

Reports from The Express have indicated that Liverpool are in the hunt to sign Le Havre’s Pape Gueye.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Jurgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool encourages his players the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on March 07, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images )

Jurgen Klopp will, however, face competition for the midfielder from Premier League rivals Arsenal as well as a number of other potential suitors.

The 21-year-old has been a revelation for the Ligue 2 promotion hopefuls Le Havre, clocking up 25 appearances in his preferred defensive midfield role.

The Frenchman can also play as a central midfielder or in a more advanced role, and despite his young age has captained his side on several occasions.

Gueye is currently valued at around £5 million due to his ongoing contract situation. The defensive-minded midfield general has caught the attention of English top-flight clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.

French football expert Julien Laurens has had his say on the matter and has described the youngster as a ‘revelation’.

Speaking with ESPN, he said: “Pape Gueye has been fantastic in midfield this season, he’s only 21 years of age so he’s very young, people will have to be patient with him.

“But what he’s shown so far in the second division, extraordinary qualities, he’s fantastic at pretty much everything.

“Because his contract at Le Havre runs out in June 2021, I think they will have to sell him this summer. He will have only one year left on his contract.

“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.

“We’re talking about Liverpool, we’re talking about Arsenal, we’re talking about Manchester United, Manchester City as well.

“They’re all very keen on him and I think he’s a big, big prospect for the future.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Liverpool FC press conference at Anfield on March 10, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Liverpool FC will face Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

At 21 and valued at just £5m, Gueye ticks numerous boxes regarding Liverpool’s transfer protocol.

Rather than splurge out eye-watering fees on blockbuster signings, sporting director Michael Edwards has developed a meticulous ability to secure hidden gems on small fees in the hope that they will one day develop into global stars that command nine-figure sums.

Liverpool have showcased their desire to incorporate young talent at Anfield this season following the development of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott.

Klopp and FSG are yet to make a big-money signing since they brought in Alisson Becker from AS Roma in 2018 and recent signings such as Takumi Minamino and Elliott imply that Liverpool do not intend to abandon their key principles that have put them back on their perch.

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