Liverpool has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with OGC Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram, according to exclusive information from FootballTransfers. The French international has been on Liverpool’s radar since January, and it appears that the Premier League club is now on the verge of securing his services.
A Deal in Principle
Sources indicate that the two parties have agreed on a deal in principle after advanced talks. The discussions are now shifting towards settling on a transfer fee with Nice. The French club is keen on extracting maximum value for the 22-year-old, who has also attracted interest from other clubs, including Newcastle. Thuram and his team have been pushing for a move to Anfield.
Khéphren Thuram – price tag dictated by amount of interested suitors. In theory Nice would accept €45m – but likelihood is he’ll go closer to €60m or more. As reported before, player almost certain to leave Allianz Riviera in the summer.
Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, is a known admirer of Thuram and has been tracking him since the start of the year. The club decided against making a move in the January transfer window but is now moving forward with the transfer.
Liverpool’s Transfer Targets
Liverpool has already secured the signing of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton after activating the World Cup winner’s release clause of £35million. Thuram, who carries a price tag of around £55m, is the next target on their list. Nice, however, has been reluctant to accept instalments for the France international, having previously rejected such an offer from Paris Saint-Germain.
Manu Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach is another player on Liverpool’s radar, with talks well underway. Kone, who is valued at around £30m, has also garnered interest from Chelsea and Newcastle. Liverpool also remains interested in Romeo Lavia of Southampton, though his £50m price tag is considered steep.