It’s no secret that Liverpool are interested in Jonathan Ikone. But who isn’t?
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Liverpool are set to sign Lille winger Jonathan Ikone.
The 23-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The France international was signed by Lille in July 2018 from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of 5 million euros. The 23-year-old has a contract until 2023 with the club.
The winger has banged in 7 goals and provided 7 assists in 48 matches this term on all fronts.
The 23-year-old is considered to be one of the best wingers in France. As a member of France national football team, Ikone won 4 caps and he scored one goal.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp wants to sign a new winger and Ikone is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Reds have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Jonathan Ikone is a long-term target of Liverpool and could be a decent addition for Klopp’s side.
Liverpool are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
The France international will offer the Liverpool boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Liverpool are reported to be in talks with Lille winger Jonathan Ikone, with the Reds having submitted an offer worth around €40m. Jurgen Klopp and Co are already working on revitalising their squad after their difficult title defence. At one point they slipped as low as seventh, before a late revival saw them finish in third. And that securing of a Champions League place for next season is likely to prove crucial in their plans to freshen up their squad. One area sporting director Michael Edwards wants to improve on is on their goals from midfield. And now Edwards has turned his attention towards Ikone to fill that need. Ikone is viewed as a player having the right profile for Liverpool and is able to play on the right wing or in a more central attacking midfield role. Furthermore, Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida claims Liverpool’s opening offer is worth ‘€25m plus Xherdan Shaqiri’.”
TOP FOOTBALL TRANSFERS
The Reds might have to pay over the odds to sign the winger.
Lille are preparing to sell their winger should they receive a massive offer for him.
Jonathan Ikone ideal fit for Liverpool?
Jonathan Ikone stands as an excellent option for Liverpool. He has all the skillset required to be a success story at Liverpool. Therefore, it makes sense for Klopp to step up his attempts to bring the France winger to Premier League side.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see if Liverpool are willing to pay the asking price for Ikone.
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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.