A former Bayern Munich defender has sent advice to a current star which could hamper the transfer hopes of Liverpool.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is in need of further attacking reinforcements. The club brought in Diogo Jota last September to provide support for the front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
That would leave Klopp with a weaker squad, in terms of depth, compared to their title rivals.
One potential solution is Bayern ace Kingsley Coman. The 25-year-old has had a hugely successful career to date, winning league titles in France, Italy and Germany.
Liverpool were linked with his signature during Euro 2020. Reports revealed Klopp is a huge fan of the Frenchman’s talent.
Coman is in the midst of a huge contract wrangle with Bayern. He has made it clear that he will only extend if his large wage demands are met.
The German titans are wary of breaking their pay structure, resulting in a recent impasse.
Former Bayern left-back Bixente Lizarazu, who also represented France, has now sent Coman a message about his future.
He told Bild (via Goal): “I strongly advise Kingsley to stay [in] Bavaria. He is at an incredible club with which you can win titles every year and play for the Champions League.
“No doubt he should stay and shape an era with Bavaria, as Ribery did in the same position, for example.”
Lizarazu also hailed Bayern as a ‘serious, top-organised club’. He believes a contract extension would be right ‘for all sides’.
Liverpool could be left reeling at the comments if Coman does pen a new deal. Such a decision would force Klopp’s men to sound out transfer alternatives.
Any deal for Coman would depend on his health. The winger underwent surgery last month to correct an irregular heartbeat.
He is back in training but is yet to appear in the Bundesliga since his operation.
Lille chief gives telling admission on Liverpool target
The president of Lille, Olivier Letang, has revealed that Renato Sanches could be on the move next year.
The central midfielder was an important part of the club’s title-winning season in 2020-21. His impressive displays have put him on the radar of Liverpool and Arsenal.
When asked about Sanches, Letang told reporters: “I have already discussed with him, if an offer from a big club arrives, Renato will be able to leave.
“We will see what could happen but, for now, he is with us – and he’s happy.
“We saw he had been able to show an interesting level of performance during his return from injury at the end of the season, but also at the Euros with Portugal.”