Liverpool Make ‘Seduced’ Khephren Thuram Their ‘Priority’ Transfer
Liverpool have reportedly increased their interest in OGC Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram, dubbing him a ‘priority’ target according to French sports news source L’Equipe. The Anfield side are actively investing in their squad ahead of the forthcoming season and have their eyes fixed on Thuram as an essential signing.
Thuram has found himself significantly drawn to the appeal of wearing the famous Red shirt. The player has been quoted as being “seduced” by Liverpool’s intriguing proposition, despite his close ties to Nice.
“Contact has multiplied in recent weeks,” reads L’Equipe’s report. “The player is not against leaving Nice, despite his attachment to the club, and has shown himself to be seduced by the Liverpool project.”
Having arrived at Nice from AS Monaco back in 2019, Thuram has firmly established himself at the heart of the team, clocking up an impressive 138 appearances and earning a call-up to the French national side.
The player’s energetic style and flexibility across midfield roles would complement Liverpool’s system under Jurgen Klopp. Like Alexis Mac Allister, another fresh signing at Anfield, Thuram could likely be deployed as an advanced midfield option in the Liverpool line-up.
Deal Hinges on Hardball Negotiations and Tournament Duties
However, acquiring the Nice number 19 may not be plain sailing for Liverpool. Initial discussions with the Ligue 1 team have reportedly been “negative,” and Nice are expected to drive a hard bargain.
Adding to the complications, Thuram’s ongoing commitment with the French under-21 squad at the U21 Euros in Romania and Georgia may cause delays in sealing the deal. If France progresses into the quarter-finals, semi-finals and ultimately the final, Thuram will not be available until July 8.
This timeline may not sit well with Liverpool’s plans, as Jurgen Klopp previously expressed his preference for early signings during the pre-season preparation phase.
“It’s always possible that things don’t go as quick as you want. It’s not only possible, it’s probably likely,” Klopp mentioned. “The better the player you want is, the lesser is the desire of the other club to let him go.”
Regardless of the hurdles, it’s clear that the pursuit of Khephren Thuram has become a ‘priority’ for Liverpool, and the coming weeks promise to reveal more about this potential move.