Lyon left back Aly Cissokho has been linked with a move to Liverpool in France Football Magazine over the last week. The article stated that Cissokho was more than likely going to Manchester City this summer, but after City signed Clichy ahead of Liverpool, Cissokho was left without a prospective buyer.
The report then goes on to state that as both Cissokho is looking for a new club, and Liverpool a left back, the two are the perfect fit. Liverpool have enquired about the player, according to France Football, but no bid has yet been made. The article then states that Cissokho is available for €9million, and new Lyon manager Remi Garde raised speculation even further this week by stating to L’Equipe:
“Aly is an important player to us. But if an offer can match the chairman’s plans, he could be likely to leave.”
Lyon paid Porto €15million back in June 2009 for the player, and he performed very well in his first season at the club. So why is he now available for €9m?
There are three factors as to why Cissokho is now available for such a fee. Firstly, he suffered a drop in form last season as Lyon struggled in Ligue One. His performances led to fans questioning his attitude and he was asked about his form at a training session by a supporter. The fan asked:
“Can I at least question your performances?”
“And your mother? Do I question your mother?”
(The footage in French can be found here). Needless to say this incident did not go down too well with Lyon’s supporters, and ever since he has had a fractious relationship with the French club’s fans.
Subsequently then, although still considered an important player for the team, as Remi Garde states, he is no longer indispensable as he was during his excellent 2009/10 season. With President Jean-Michel Aulas also admitting that the club must sell some players before they can buy any in this transfer window, it means Cissokho could be sold for less he was bought just over two years ago.
At 23 years of age, Cissokho certainly fits FSG’s youth policy, and in addition he is also very athletic, quick and strong which makes him an ideal full back for the Premier League. There are questions about his defensive abilities but with the dearth of left back options in Europe at the moment, €9million would be an absolute steal in my opinion, for a player who got his first cap for France last season.
His attitude could be a problem though if his comments to the Lyon fan are anything to go by, but he is young and still learning, and Kenny Dalglish would be an ideal man to get him back on track.
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