Rumoured Liverpool transfer target Khephren Thuram is most likely to leave Nice at the end of this season, journalist Jacque Talbot has claimed.
The Lowdown: Liverpool eyeing Thuram move
The Reds’ midfield has been a huge problem all season long, with opponents profiting from the ageing legs of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago, the inexperience of Harvey Elliott and the complete absence of Naby Keita.
New signings are desperately needed in that area, and Thuram has been linked with a move to Anfield recently, having caught the eye with his performances for Nice.
The 25-year-old has made 18 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, averaging 1.3 tackles per game and standing out as an impressive young player with his physicality and dribbling ability, ranking in the 85th percentile in Europe for midfielder dribbles completed.
The Latest: Summer exit likely
Taking to Twitter, Talbot provided an update on Thuram’s situation, saying he will likely leave Nice this summer, even though a Janaury exit isn’t ruled out:
“Small update: Liverpool and Khephren Thuram – France sources believe it will be a summer move when he leaves Nice – but a suitable offer of around €30m should be enough to persuade Ligue 1 club to depart with the 21-year-old in Jan.”
The Verdict: Ideal midfield addition?
While Thuram won’t be able to solve Liverpool’s midfield crisis on his own – at least two new signings are needed there, if not three – he could be an excellent addition this summer.
At 21, he would be a long-term signing with a huge ceiling, with football talent scout Jacek Kulig claiming he produced a ‘masterclass’ of a performance in Nice’s 6-1 win over Montpellier in midweek, in which he scored.
With Fabinho’s legs creaking, Thuram could be viewed as his successor in the No.6 role, although one goal and three assists in Ligue 1 this season show that he can offer attacking quality, too.
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