Liverpool are reportedly close to their first signing of the summer, in the form of defender Aissa Mandi.
According to beIN Sports commentator Hafid Derradji (relayed via @AnfieldEdition), the Reds and Real Betis are in talks over a move for the Algeria international.
Should Liverpool sign Aissa Mandi from Real Betis?
Mandi is currently valued at £10.8million according to Transfermarkt, which is a fair price for the versatile defender. The 28-year-old can play across the entire back-line, despite predominantly being a centre-back.
Jurgen Klopp could be looking to provide a long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk or add another option to his defensive roster, particularly given that Dejan Lovren has moved on. The holding Premier League champions will need to shift into gear and recruit some new meat if they want to try their hand at defending their first ever title next season.
Many Liverpool fans are already on board with bringing Mandi to Anfield, with one supporter tipping him to be the ‘best signing of the summer’ if the deal goes through. Another Kopite has commented ‘let’s go, something to be excited about’ after months and months of stagnant Thiago Alcantara talks. Indeed, Mandi enjoyed a decent campaign with Betis last time out, averaging three clearances per game as well as 1.3 interceptions and 1.1 tackles (WhoScored).
Read more replies from the Anfield faithful here:
Let’s go something to be excited about
— M A T T H E W (@LFCMATTHEW96) August 3, 2020
Great defender, good with short pass and incredibly pace
— Arbe (@IsaacSalasArbe) August 3, 2020
YouTube compilation time!
— Jordan 🏆 (@Jordan_LFC19) August 3, 2020
Best signing of the summer if this goes through. Would be 2nd best defender in the league behind our Virgil.
— Frank O’Leary LFC CHAMPIONS 19 TIMES YNWA (@FrankOLeary10) August 3, 2020
If Liverpool brings Aisa Mandy, the player will become one of the best defenders in the world 🇩🇿💪🏼
— Salah Haimoud (@HaimoudSalah) August 3, 2020
Another Class CB to add to the squad depth
— ⚡️hamzah ⚡️ (@Hamzah_EU) August 3, 2020
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