According to reports, Liverpool have made contact with Real Betis regarding the sale of defender Aissa Mandi – and Reds supporters have given their verdict concerning a potential transfer on social media.
Liverpool have reportedly already made a £10 million bid for the Algerian international, who is entering into the final year of his contract despite his release clause currently at a hefty £30 million.
Mandi, 28, was part of a struggling Real Betis side that finished 15th in La Liga. According to reports, he was previously the subject of interest from Arsenal.
Media outlets in Spain suggest that Liverpool are monitoring the situation of Mandi as the Premier League champions look to fill in the void left by Dejan Lovren who recently joined Zenit Saint Petersburg.
He has made 29 appearances in Real Betis’ defensive quartet this term including captaining the side in their dramatic 3-2 loss to Barcelona in February.
Mandi has received numerous plaudits for his versatility with the player renowned for his pace, positional awareness and ability to play in a number of positions across the backline.
With 55 international caps to his name, Mandi was part of the triumphant Algeria national side that defeated Sadio Mane and Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final last summer.
While Mandi is traditionally preferred as a central defensive option he can be just as effective at full-back which would effectively help cover in two positions with Liverpool in need of a naturally left-sided replacement for Andy Robertson.
The ongoing implications of the global pandemic could force Betis into considering a cut-price deal for the defender who could leave as a free agent next season.
Following the reports, a number of Liverpool supporters have reacted to the club’s latest potential interest.
While some think he should be given a chance, others believe a player who flirted with relegation in Spain this season isn’t the calibre of player the champions of England, Europe and the world should be in contention for.
Here are a number of selected tweets following Mandi’s links with the Reds…
30m, why is it always 30m
— 22.07.20 (@V2Neco) July 30, 2020
— theflaskofzorro (@theflaskofzorro) July 30, 2020
Nah.. would hate to see Fab as CB unless there are no other options.. curbs our progressive play! Saw links to Aissa Mandi yesterday, hope we get in a CB who is happy to be a squad player!
— Vin#19🏆 (@vagabondvinoth) July 25, 2020
What I want to see: Lloyd Kelly rumors
— ヨイチ (@Youwiich) July 25, 2020
Seems too much of a similar player to lovren for the same price. Doesn't make much sense
— Robin Mountstevens (@RobinMountstev1) July 25, 2020
He is very good. Playing for relegation doesn't mean he is not. He is very talented and has a great sense of football. He will be a surprise like Robertson. Remember there are statistics that back @klopp for going for him
— Prince Odunlami (@Omotola_G_Seyi) July 30, 2020
That’s not thiago sir
— JVD®🔴 (@02JP_LFC) July 30, 2020
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