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Liverpool: Reds keen on signing Jonathan Ikone

Liverpool: Reds keen on signing Jonathan Ikone - Liverpool Transfer Rumours

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Lille attacking midfielder Jonathan Ikone this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad.

The Lowdown: Reinforcements required

The Reds managed to salvage a disappointing season last month, finishing third in the Premier League after an excellent end to the campaign. The importance of qualifying for the Champions League cannot be downplayed, both financially and in terms of being able to attract top players this summer.

Klopp will be keen on making a few additions, with depth in attacking areas potentially something he may look at improving given the largely disappointing goal returns from his forwards.

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The Latest: Liverpool eye up Ikone move

According to Anfield Central, Liverpool are ‘genuinely interested’ in signing Lille’s Ikone in the next transfer window, with the Frenchman a newly-crowned Ligue 1 champion. The 23-year-old scored four goals and registered five assists as his club sealed title glory in France and he featured in all but one of their league games.

Liverpool believe they can sign Ikone at a good price, potentially bringing him in as a replacement for Xherdan Shaqiri, who in recent weeks has been linked with a possible exit from Anfield.

The Verdict: Exciting long-term addition

Ikone is an exciting young player who could bring quality and guile to the Reds’ midfield, having averaged more dribbles per game (1.4) than Mohamed Salah (one) in the league last season.

He may not come in as a key starter immediately, but with Jordan Henderson and Thiago both in their 30s now, he could be viewed as a long-term replacement in the middle of the park, albeit in a more attacking role.

At 23, Ikone would be arriving at a similar age to the likes Salah (25) and Sadio Mane (24) when they joined Liverpool, showing that he could mature into an even more formidable player over time.

In other news, one Liverpool player has been linked with a move abroad this summer – find out who it is here.


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