Yesterday, reports emerged claiming Liverpool had fallen behind top four rivals Tottenham in their efforts to sign 17-year-old Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon, one of England’s most talented youngsters and the player Jürgen Klopp had targeted as his top left back target.
The reaction by Liverpool fans to news the club could be pipped to the signing of Sessegnon by Tottenham was almost as predictable as news that Liverpool could be pipped to the signing of Sessegnon by Tottenham was in the first place. Today, though, things might be looking up.
At least if one believes reports out of France, where L’Equipe claim that Liverpool have made up considerable ground with a strong, late push to sign Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy, considered by many to be the top available target at the position this summer.
Mendy has a lengthy list of supposed suitors, with both Manchester Clubs and Chelsea having been most often linked with a move for him in recent months. Barcelona has also been linked but are not believed to be serious suitors due to their more pressing positional needs.
Previously, Liverpool hadn’t been considered to be in the mix, but L’Equipe claim that as of right now they are legitimate contenders to sign the 22-year-old French international. If they can pull it off, few fans will mind missing out on Sessegnon to Tottenham.
Mendy developed as a youngster at Le Harve in France’s second division before moving to Marseille as a 19-year-old in a €2M deal. Three seasons later, he headed to Monaco for €13M. Monaco now, just a year later, reportedly rate him a €35-40M player.