Liverpool should be eyeing a summer move for Diadie Samassékou, despite the fact we’ve already got Jordan Henderson and Fabinho for the holding midfield role.
Even if it means we loan out the 22-year-old Malian, it would be mighty smart business.
Samassékou currently plies his trade in Austria for Red Bull Salzburg, but just like Naby Keita and Sadio Mane proved before him, he’s far too good for this level.
During last season, Samassékou was linked to Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, two German sides who are keen to take advantage of Salzburg’s incredible production line which helped Keita and Mane blossom.
They’ve noticed his ability and he’s exactly the kind of player that will make a Bundesliga switch, impress, and immediately be linked to Premier League clubs for massive money.
Samassékou is a tremendously talented combative midfielder, who runs, tackles and intercepts like N’Golo Kante.
His performances have made him a starter for his country Mali already and what’s more, he has just one year left on his contract according to Transfermarkt. For this reason, his prospective price would be lower than it would usually.
With James Milner ageing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a long-term injury victim and Adam Lallana perpetually sidelined, it wouldn’t be a silly decision to bolster the squad further with a player of Samassékou’s talent.
And if we signed him and loaned him to a German club, his value and experience will soar.
The transfer window closes in just over three weeks’ time, so it’s important to make smart decisions that protect the club long-term.