Liverpool have reportedly had a bid rejected by Bayern Munich for winger Kingsley Coman.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Bein Sports) have claimed that the German side have turned down the Reds’ £30m offer.
It would seemingly take an offer of around £43m to get their hands on the Frenchman.
If this report is true, it is a very interesting move by Liverpool.
We all know that they need to sign a forward this summer. Reports that Xherdan Shaqiri is edging closer to signing for Lazio make the issue even more pressing.
Despite how talented Coman is, we believe that Liverpool should now turn their attention elsewhere, rather than increase their bid for him.
Coman injuries a worry for Liverpool
Before we start, we must say that Kingsley Coman is a very talented footballer.
You don’t earn 31 caps for France and play for super clubs like PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich if you don’t have something special.
He only recently turned 25, meaning that he is entering his peak years. He is likely to improve greatly in the coming seasons.
Yet we still do not think that Liverpool should pay the £43m that Bayern are requesting for him.
This is because of his truly awful injury history.
Coman is infamously injury-prone. In fact, it got so bad at one stage that he told TF1 (via Sport Bible) that he would consider retiring if he had to have another operation.
The 23 league starts that he made last season is the most he has managed in any campaign throughout his entire career. Despite it being a career-high, Coman still managed to pick up four separate injuries in 2020/21.
It doesn’t matter how talented he is if he can’t be relied on to play when he is needed.
While he may have been worth taking a gamble on for £30m, he is not worth spending £43m on.
It is simply too big a risk when there are other excellent players around available at a similar price.