Report: Liverpool in battle with top-flight clubs to sign 26-year-old international
By Aramide Oladipo
Liverpool are set to battle it out with a number of European clubs in order to sign Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, according to a report.
The Express claims that the Merseyside club have been keeping tabs on the 26-year-old for the past year and they consider him to be one of Europe’s best in his position.
The newspaper reports that the left full-back has stalled talks with the Serie A side over a new deal as the club are not willing to place a £30million release clause in the player’s contract.
The report claims that the Reds will face still competition to land the defender with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City are in the hunt for him.
European top-flight sides Atletico Madrid and Juventus are also reportedly keen to snap up Ghoulam when the transfer window reopens in January.
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Ghoulam completed a permanent move to Napoli three years ago and he has since become an integral member of the first-team.
The Algeria international helped the side lift the Italian Cup in his debut campaign before winning the Italian Super Cup the following season.
The defender demonstrated that he could provide a serious attacking outlet last season, contributing with ten assists in all competitions.
Ghoulam’s current contract at Napoli runs out next summer.
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool supporters will surely be delighted that the club are looking to add another defensive option to the squad. Current boss Jurgen Klopp has failed to address the issue in this position since his arrival but securing Ghoulam’s signature would be a massive bonus for the club in the long-run. Although he has slightly improved from last season, Alberto Moreno still doesn’t provide the right assurance at the back but Ghoulam is someone who has delivered on a consistent level in one of the toughest leagues in the world and he also has experience competing in the Champions League.
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