According to reports from France, Liverpool have discovered how much they’ll need to pay if they’re to land one of their rumoured transfer targets.
Lille centre-back Leny Yoro is believed to be of interest to the Reds, who are far from alone in their admiration of the 18-year-old.
Foot Mercato have claimed that the Ligue 1 outfit have set an asking price of €50m (£43m) for the teenager, whose contract the club’s hierarchy are now trying to extend.
Joel Matip’s anterior cruciate ligament injury has left Liverpool at risk of being light for centre-back options, with the excellent Jarell Quansah still finding his way at senior level, Ibrahima Konate’s fitness record less than exemplary, and Joe Gomez frequently preferred at right-back of late.
Many Reds fans are imploring Jurgen Klopp to seize his chance to strengthen in that position during the January transfer window, desperate to prevent a repeat of the defensive crisis of 2020/21 which saw midfield duo Jordan Henderson and Fabinho briefly shoehorned into a centre-back partnership.
Yoro only turned 18 last month but has already made 35 senior appearances for Lille (Transfermarkt), and his performance figures suggest that his elevation to the first-team ranks is not before time.
As per FBref, his passing success rate of 90.5% this season effectively matches Virgil van Dijk’s 90.6% and is superior to Konate (89.8%), Matip (87.6%) and Gomez (85.4%). The teenager also outperforms all his Anfield positional peers apart from the captain in the current campaign for interceptions made (15) and tackles won (14).
A fee of £43m seems substantial for a player who’s still only starting out on his senior career, but the French prodigy already appears well able to look after himself at a high level and make a very valuable contribution to his team. He definitely offers food for thought for the Liverpool transfer hierarchy.