Liverpool should pursue a Dayot Upamecano transfer over anything else, says one pundit. The Reds could get ‘ten years’ out of the player.
Ex-Red Steve Nicol backs Liverpool to pursue a transfer for Dayot Upamecano. They should prioritise it over anyone else, in fact.
“Upamecano, like every young player, makes mistakes,” Nicol told ESPN. “But before the shutdown, he was absolutely magnificent. Magnificent.
“Yes, he’s made some mistakes since the restart but he’s what? 21 years of age? Go and buy the guy.
“If it costs you more for Upamecano than [Kalidou] Koulibaly, do it. You’ll get ten years out of Upamecano.
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“You get Koulibaly and you’ll get a couple of years, maybe – three at the most.”
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There are two interesting thoughts at play and it’s clear where Nicol stands. The former right-back, who won four league titles and the European Cup with Liverpool, is thinking about the future.
And that’s what a move for Upamecano represents. He’s 21 and has a staggeringly bright future ahead of him, if he develops correctly.
Sportbild says he has a release clause of around £36m at the end of the season. Liverpool might have to pay more than that for a January move, of course, but it’s certainly fantastic value.
But, again, he’s 21. There’s no guarantee he can move to a new league and immediately click with the best team in the world. So it’s a risk – Upamecano may not fix things these season.
Koulibaly, though, might. He’s 29 and as Nicol rightly points out, not one for the long-term. But you’d imagine a far more experienced player could slot in at Liverpool with ease.
But Nicol may have one thing wrong that probably seals the decision here. He thinks Upamecano could cost more – that’s almost certainly not the case.
That release clause is very, very low, especially when reports in Italy had Upamecano at £90m ahead of the season.
That would make Upamecano both the long-term and cheaper option.