Fenerbahce make approach for Liverpool’s budget centre-back target

Date published: Friday 7th August 2020 2:23 - Matthew Briggs

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Fenerbahce have made an approach for Liverpool defensive target Aissa Mandi, claims a report in Turkey.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is on the hunt for another centre-back with Dejan Lovren leaving for Zenit St Petersburg.

Big-money deals for Diego Carlos and Kalidou Koulibaly have been mooted, but with finances tight after the coronavirus pandemic Klopp could be looking for a bargain.

Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, rated at £32m, has also been mentioned as a target.  But even that price tag maybe be too much for centre-back cover.

Algeria international Mandi, who has one year left on his contract in LaLiga, though will come much cheaper.

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According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool’s first offer of £9m has been rejected by Betis.

Michael Edwards is expected to return with another bid, but in the meantime A Spor claims that Fenerbahce have launched a bid for the player.

The report claims the Turkish outfit have already made contact with Mandi’s representatives in a bid to hammer out a deal.

The 28-year-old, who has 55 Algeria caps, played 30 LaLiga games this season as Betis finished 15th.

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Meanwhile, Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough says defender Jamal Lewis has “all the attributes” to improve by working under Klopp.

Liverpool are reportedly chasing Northern Ireland international Lewis as cover for Andy Robertson at left-back.

The 22-year-old was an exciting hit in the Premier League despite his side’s eventual relegation back to the Championship.

Indeed, the latest claims say the Reds have had an initial £10million bid rejected by the Canaries. Daniel Farke’s side reportedly want £20million or more for the player.


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