Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been told the path is clear for his side to swoop in and sign Kouadio Kone before the window shuts amid claims his asking price has taken a fall in recent weeks.
The Reds’ midfield options still look a little on the light side with only six days before the transfer window slams shut. Exits of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita were planned for; however Klopp did not go into the summer window expecting to lose both stalwarts Fabinho and Jordan Henderson as well.
And while Waturu Endo has joined Alexis Mac Allister and Domink Szoboszlai in boosting Klopp’s midfield options, the German still feels he lacks at least one more player to get his squad where he wants it be this season.
Now Klopp has just a matter of days to finalise the make-up of his squad before the window closes on him.
Thankfully, there are a few options at his disposal amid links to Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure. However, the Eagles’ £70m asking price looks prohibitive, with the south-east London side keen to retain the Malian’s services.
Other options for Klopp come from overseas, with Ryan Gravenberch a potential option. To that end, Bayern Munich are reportedly warming to the idea of cashing in on the Netherlands midfielder.
However, of late it has been suggested that Klopp could revive his plan from earlier this summer to sign Borussia Monchengladbach star Kone. The France star featured highly on the Reds’ wanted list after being watched at close quarters on several occasions by Liverpool scouts.
Ultimately, though, an injury sustained while on duty for France at the Under-21 Championships appeared to signal the end of Kone’s transfer prospects.
Christian Falk claims Liverpool will bid for Kouadio Kone
However, a falling price tag on Kone suggests Liverpool may yet make a new approach.
And hopes of a move to Anfield are now firmly back on course for the 22-year-old, according to Bundesliga expert Christian Falk.
Writing for Rousing The Kop, Falk stated: “With [Ryan] Gravenberch, they know what they’d be getting, though there’s also Manu Kone to consider. I heard Gladbach is also expecting an offer from Liverpool soon because, after his injury, he’s become cheaper.
“Before a suitor would have to pay about €50m [£43m], now you can get him, perhaps, for about €35m [£30m].
“So it’s up to Liverpool to make the next move. Bayern and Gladbach will be open to talks.
“PSG are still interested in Kone, so there could be a big competition for the player if Liverpool firmly enter the race.”
That falling price tag of €35m is sure to gain Klopp’s attention, given the €15m reduction from earlier this summer.
Having picked up a knee injury, the player still remains sidelined with his return to training currently estimated for early September.
The Reds, of course, would need to put him through a very-thorough examination – the Merseysiders knowing only too well about putting players through medicals with suspect knees – Nabil Fekir failed one for that very reason five summers ago.
However, if all is deemed OK, his price tag may well tempt them into a move, especially with Gladbach willing to sell.
With days remaining to get a deal done, a move for the former Toulouse man could well tick all the boxes for Klopp.