Liverpool storm into pole position for La Liga enforcer with £34.5m midfield bid ready

In Monday’s Euro transfer news, we learn that Liverpool are prepared to follow up on a deal for Alexis MacAllister by making a financial bid for a title-winning midfielder and that Arsenal have agreed to terms for their own signing in the position.


Despite rumors of a return to Serie A with his previous club AC Milan’s rivals, Inter, Liverpool might make an offer of up to €40 million to recruit Franck Kessie from Barcelona.

Inter Live claims that Liverpool is prepared to outbid other teams for Kessie by making a straight cash offer of between €35 and €40 million (£30.2 to £34.5 million).

Although Xavi’s team has been studying the possibility of transferring Marcelo Brozovic in the opposite direction, Barcelona would prefer to sell for a straightforward transfer price rather than entertain Inter’s wish for a part-exchange deal.

By preparing a proposal, Liverpool now appears to have taken the competition for Kessie seriously. Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton is their top midfield target this summer, but if Jurgen Klopp has his way, he won’t be the only one to join.

This summer, Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Arthur Melo will all be leaving Liverpool. Additionally, there is a growing perception that Thiago Alcantara may leave on the same free conditions the next year.

Liverpool’s midfield has to change, which has caused them to focus on players like Mac Allister and Kessie as targets.

The Ivory Coast international only joined Barcelona last summer from AC Milan. He took some time to settle in after his free transfer, but ended the campaign as a La Liga winner.

Now, Liverpool could lure him in for his first taste of Premier League football. They have the advantage over Inter because of the formula they would be willing to bid via.

At the age of 26, Kessie should be approaching his peak years, so after any potential move, he would be hoping to enjoy a better season on an individual level than he has managed this time around.

The fact he has won league titles in consecutive years with two different clubs might represent an added attraction to his next takers.

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