Liverpool & Boro boosted as Lyon hint at transfer listing winger

Date published: Wednesday 22nd June 2016 10:32 - James Marshment

Rachid Ghezzal: Linked with Arsenal move

Liverpool could renew their interest in £15million-rated Rachid Ghezzal after reports in France suggested Lyon were ready to transfer list the winger.

Ghezzal had a solid season for Lyon last term making 38 appearances in all competitions, with his 10 goals and nine assists bringing him to the attention of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who is looking to add more pace and creativity to his attack.

French newspaper L’Equipe claim the 24-year-old attracted interest from Liverpool in January who made an approach for the winger.

Southampton’s Sadio Mane is reported to be Liverpool’s top target, but they could yet make a move for Ghezzal with Klopp continuing to monitor his progress through the season.

However, the Reds are likely to face competition from Middlesbrough, while Spanish sides Celta Vigo and Villarreal are also reportedly keen on the Algeria international.

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed Ghezzal will be offered a new deal by the Ligue 1 club – with just one year remaining on his contract.

However, negotiations have stalled due to Ghezzal extending his holiday break and the chairman has admitted he could now be transfer listed.

“He left on vacation, he was to return late last week but extended his stay for a week,” Aulas told L’Equipe.

“I asked to see it. He did not sign the extension.

“He will be in fact on the transfer list if we do not reach the agreement next week.”

Lyon rate the player at over £20million, but with just a year left on his deal, they may be forced to accept a reduced fee for the player.

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