The defensive department of the Liverpool squad needs quality additions this winter.
According to the football transfer rumours in British and Spanish media, Liverpool are considering a move for Real Betis centre-back Aissa Mandi.
The 29-year-old has been with Real Betis since 2016, having signed for the club from Reims for 2.8 million euros.
The centre-back has featured in 7 matches for Betis this term, netting one goal in all competitions.
The 29-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Algeria. As a member of Algeria national football team, Mandi won 57 caps and he scored one goal.
His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.
The Reds are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 29-year-old as potential transfer target.
The report claims that Liverpool manager has extensively scouted Mandi and is considering a move for the centre-back. Jürgen Klopp is a long term admirer of Aissa Mandi and believes he can get the most out of the Algeria international.
The Real Betis centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third.
According to the report, “Liverpool are pursuing a move for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi in January. The Reds are seeking cover for injured center back Virgil Van Dijk, who may not be back until next season. According to Fichajes.net, Liverpool will rekindle interest in Mandi. They came in for the player in the summer, but had a £9 million offer rejected. Mandi has 18 months left on his Betis contract, and the Reds hope a slightly higher bid would be enough to tempt his club to sell. They are being linked with a host of centre-backs, and it remains to be seen who is signed.”
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Real Betis are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the centre-back, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
Good signing for Liverpool?
If Aissa Mandi is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Liverpool.
The Reds should do everything in their power to sign the in-demand Mandi, who has all the qualities to be a success at the club.
Liverpool fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
How strong that interest is and whether Liverpool will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.