Liverpool have joined Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone next month, according to reports. Kone was said to have been a target for the Reds over the summer but ended up staying in Germany, with Jurgen Klopp eventually deciding to look elsewhere.
Kone has continued to impress in the Bundesliga this season despite missing a large chunk of the campaign through injury and suspension. Liverpool have rekindled their interest in the 22-year-old ahead of the January window as a result of his strong midfield performances, according to Rudy Galetti.
The Reds failed to sign a quality defensive midfielder in the summer despite bringing the likes of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominic Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch to Anfield. Wataru Endo has been deployed in a holding role in recent weeks but there is still room for improvement in the position, with a move for Kone able to provide the ideal solution.
Liverpool will not be the only club in the race to land Kone next month, though, with PSG also said to be keeping a close eye on his development. The report adds that he is one of several names under consideration in the French capital as Luis Enrique looks to improve his midfield ranks in the winter market.
Kone is also said to have emerged as a target for Tottenham, with Ange Postecoglou seeking reinforcements to ease the pressure on his injury-hit squad. The north Londoners currently have a large number of players on the treatment table and could do with some extra bodies to help them out in the second half of the season.
It will be interesting to see if Liverpool or any other club will be able to tempt Monchengladbach into selling Kone when the bidding opens next month. He remains tied down to his current employers until the summer of 2026, which suggests that a big-money bid will be required to stand any chance of snapping him up.
Kone has previously shown a fondness for Liverpool, with his former coach Reda Bekhti revealing earlier this year that he once wore a Reds kit during a trial. Bekhti, a former academy trainer at Paris FC, said: “It would be especially gratifying for Manu. I remember in his trial at Paris FC, he was dressed in a Liverpool kit, it’s his favourite club.
“Liverpool would be a very good step for him and a good career choice. He would be able to prove himself in the Premier League while playing for a club that is one of the most popular in England. In an environment like that, he could only progress and demonstrate his talent further.”