Ligue 1

Liverpool ending Gotze chase but move for gifted £15m alternative

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The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern who were so excited about the notion of seeing Mario Gotze at Anfield this summer are becoming increasingly less so. 

However, according to Foot Mercatothe Reds are preparing a €20m move for Lille winger Sofiane Boufal as an alternative to the World Cup winner.

The Frenchman, who has drawn comparisons to Chelsea mega stat Eden Hazard, has enjoyed a wonderful season in Ligue 1, notching 15 times and recording a further four assists.

Able to operate across the frontline, the 22-year old would provide natural width at Anfield, something lacking since the departure of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City last summer.

The reported fee equates to around £15.6m, with Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan also thought to be monitoring his situation with Les Dogues. 

It has been a meteoric rise for the winger, who has impressed no end since joining Lille from Angers in January 2015.

Should Liverpool keep on in their attempts to land Gotze? 

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