Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Aurelien Tchouameni looks set to end in failure this summer.
The Reds had been attempting to sign the Monaco man but all signs now point towards him opting to join Real Madrid instead.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool had hoped that their ‘good relationship’ with Monaco would lead to a deal being struck.
Obviously that doesn’t look like being the case. But that got us thinking, if Liverpool’s relationship with one of Europe’s top talent developers is so strong, maybe there’s more deals to be had.
With that in mind, here are three players Liverpool could sign off the back of their good relationship with Monaco.
It has been well-reported that Sadio Mane is ready to leave Liverpool in search of something different. The Reds have already been linked to all sorts of attackers to fill his legendary boots.
One less heralded name who could be the answer is Monaco’s Sofiane Diop. A player with incredible pace and trickery, Diop is another right-footed left winger in the Mane mould.
Still only twenty-one, he bagged eight goals and registered five assists in 38 games during 2021/22.
He is making waves on the international scene too. Having broken into France’s notoriously stacked U21 team, he has three goals in seven appearances for them.
Born to a Senegalese father and a Moroccan mother, he could yet even be Mane’s successor for the African champions.
Benoit Badiashile is perhaps a more familiar name to some Liverpool fans. The towering centre-back has been excelling at Monaco for the best part of four years. Like Diop though, he is still only 21-years-old.
Already with over 100 appearances for Monaco, he has decent experience in the Champions League and with the French U21 side.
Liverpool reportedly looked at Badiashile during their centre-back crisis in 2020/21. However, The Reds reportedly came to the conclusion that he played in too similar position to Virgil Van Dijk. Not a bad comparison to have!
Monaco signed Brazilian right-back Vanderson from Gremio in January of this year. Since then he has become a fixture in the side.
Fast, aggressive in his play and very forward thinking, Vanderson managed two goals and three assists in 22 games for his new club. Aged just twenty, he’s only going to get better.
Liverpool could do with a back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold in this window. The Reds are reportedly not considering anyone other than Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay.
If the young Scotsman proves unobtainable though, Liverpool should run the rule over this marauding machine.