Liverpool targeting France star Kingsley Coman
Amid all the action at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened for some leagues, with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Klopp wants Coman as Origi replacement
Liverpool are keen to sign Kingsley Coman from Bayern Munich, reports German outlet Sport1.
German champions Munich are keen for the midfielder to extend his stay in Bavaria and so reluctant to let him leave but, according to Sport1, Liverpool have already started talks with his management.
Coman is said to be seeking a new challenge away from the Bundesliga despite his existing contract ending in 2023. Bayern value the 25-year-old at £43 million, which could mean Liverpool would have to move on one or two players before committing to any bid for their latest transfer target.
Coman is seen as an upgrade on the outgoing Divock Origi. He can play on either wing and he scored eight goals in 39 appearances last season. He also contributed 15 assists.
In total, Coman has scored 41 goals and set up a further 50 in 200 appearances for Bayern.
The Sport1 journalist covering the story, Florian Plettenburg, successfully broke news of Liverpool’s interest in Florian Neuhaus earlier this month, which suggests he could be the man to follow when it comes to following Liverpool’s pursuit of their latest target.
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