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The latest whisper to watch focuses on Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi, who could be on the way to Liverpool if reports are to be believed. Let’s take an in-depth look at the potential move.
The left-back position has been identified as an area to strengthen by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, following disappointing performances by Alberto Moreno last season. The club have been locked in negotiations with Leicester City for Ben Chilwell, but they seem to have cooled their interest after failing to agree to terms.
Moreno has struggled to make the position his own at the Reds, and that’s why Liverpool have been actively searching for a replacement for the last few weeks.
It’s said that Klopp is a long time admirer of the Villa player, who he kept tabs on since his time as Dortmund boss.
Amavi signed from Nice in a £7.7m deal just over a year ago, and he only made ten league appearances as his side struggled all season.
It’s clear that he’s managed to avoid the taint of relegation, as he missed a large chunk of the season through injury. He was one of the standout performers during Villa’s torrid campaign, putting in over 40 crosses during his ten games.
Reports from France suggest Klopp has maintained his interest since becoming Liverpool boss, having lined up the player several months before the window opened.
They report that the player’s agent met up with club representatives last month, with a decision expected to be made in the next ten days.
Three more clubs are said to be interested in a move for the defender, including AC Milan and Lyon. They’re both prestigious European teams, and they could prove to be an attractive option if the player gets a choice in terms of his destination.
Former Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was extremely keen on the player when he first signed last year, saying:
“Jordan has been one of the outstanding players in Ligue 1 and can become even better.”
It could be the end of his association with the club, which makes sense when you look at the teams he’s currently being linked with.
As for Villa, Roberto Di Matteo has the squad putting in extra hours on the training pitch, focusing on upping fitness levels as he aims to get the club promoted at the first time of asking.
It’s said that he wants a new striker to take up the slack following Gabriel Agbonlahor’s issues last year, but he’ll need to sell players before he’s allowed to do so.
The coach has been told that he’ll have to trim his squad, with 30 players currently on the books including the three new signings he made since the summer.
Defender Micah Richards has also been linked with a £5m move to Sunderland, which would bring an end to his troubled time at the club. The fee would meet his release clause, and it’s said that the deal is being held up by Sam Allardyce’s talks with the England camp, which are expected to be completed shortly.
One of the main problems with Moreno is that he isn’t the finished article. Klopp trusts Amavi, but he wouldn’t be one of the first names you would think of in terms of improving the Liverpool defence straight away.
It could prove to be an astute buy, but fans would probably be more interested in signing somebody with a little more experience.
Is there a chance that Klopp’s past admiration will be able to swing the player over to the red side of Liverpool? It’s clear that he thinks the player will suit his gegenpressing style, and it’s a clear endorsement when a top manager shows repeated interest.
A new look defence could be the cards for Liverpool. The loss of Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Jose Enrique means that Klopp is finally starting to reshape the team in his own image, while Ragnar Klavan is the latest defensive player to join up with the squad in a £4.2m deal.
Amavi has a chance to be a part of the revolution, but the call of Champions League football might be too much if the competitors are serious in their interest.
We’ll have to wait and see with this one, but a 4.4 index rating shows that interest is starting to hot up, and it looks like the player will be on his way, no matter the destination.
It’s worth noting that the Liverpool Echo were dismissive of the rumours just a couple of months ago;
“Reports in France linking the Reds with a move for Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi, meanwhile, are wide of the mark. There is no interest in the 22-year-old, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.”
The Welcome to Liverpool videos are already out, so let’s take a look at some of his highlights last year: