Liverpool could well miss out on Ibrahim Sangaré as they focus on Darwin Nunez. Two fierce rivals are moving for the midfielder.
As you might have heard, Liverpool have Darwin Nunez on their shortlist and are attempting to push through a deal with Benfica. The Athletic reports that Liverpool have actually agree on personal terms with the Uruguayan for what could be a club-record deal.
But while that’s going on, the Reds could actually miss out on another potential target. Sky Sports claim that both Manchester United and Chelsea want Ibrahim Sangaré – and that might cost Liverpool.
Liverpool could miss out on Ibrahim Sangaré
Voetbal International wrote last month that Liverpool also like Sangaré. They had scouts watching him over the final few weeks of the season and PSV Eindhoven are open to a move.
In fact, they kind of have to be. Sangaré has a £31m release clause in his contract and that will seriously tempt clubs this summer.
We think Sangaré looks fantastic and could be exactly what Liverpool need after they missed out on Aurélien Tchouaméni. The fact that PSV are reportedly eyeing up replacements suggests something could happen soon.
But it also feels unlikely that Liverpool will be the ones to move. Signing Nunez for a club-record fee – potentially £85m – will eat up the entire budget and subsequent transfers will require sales.
There’s next to no chance that Liverpool commit to buying Sangaré without getting those sales through first. And there could be quite a few of them.
Thus the opportunity is there for United or Chelsea to push forward. They could sign Sangaré before Liverpool are even truly involved, distracted by the Nunez deal. It would be a bit of a blow.
While we wouldn’t change Liverpool’s plan here – Nunez could be a world-class addition – losing out on players is likely the sacrifice. Hopefully, it’s one worth making.