Transfer Market Buzz: Lacroix Linked to Liverpool
The transfer market is always a hotbed of speculation and excitement, particularly when the injuries are piling up and everyone want Liverpool FC to do something. In this instance, the spotlight turns to Maxence Lacroix, a promising talent who has been linked with a move to the Merseyside club. It’s not a new link that TeamTalk have introduced here and with the Schmadtke – Wolfsburg links it feels a little lazy. Still….
Rumors and Preparation
It’s reported that Liverpool is prepping an offer to entice VfL Wolfsburg into sanctioning Lacroix’s sale. Ideally, a loan with an option to buy would be the Reds’ preferred pathway, embedding the player within Klopp’s system before committing to a permanent deal. This interest seems to stem from a recommendation within Liverpool’s management, highlighting Lacroix as a feasible target post the departure of Julian Ward and the Schmadtke era. There’s been rumours about this one for some time.
Analysing Lacroix’s Impact
Maxence Lacroix, the 23-year-old French defender, stands out with his commanding presence at the heart of Wolfsburg’s defense. His statistics are impressive: this season he has made 17 appearances, showcasing his reliability and consistency. Internationally, Lacroix has featured for France’s U20 side, making two appearances and demonstrating his potential on a larger stage. He’s robust and good at most things. Wait til you hear about the aerial side though…
When juxtaposed with Liverpool’s own Ibrahima Konaté, Lacroix’s aerial prowess is noteworthy. In the current season, he’s contested 39 aerial duels, winning 50% of them. Defensively, he’s contributed with 71.4% tackle success, 20 blocks, and 69 clearances, underscoring his defensive solidity. Such stats suggest that Lacroix could be a robust addition, complementing Konaté’s style with his own defensive strengths. However, anyone with a 50% aerial duel success rate…hard to see it.
Evaluating Deal Prospects
According to Transfermarkt, Lacroix is currently valued at €20 million. With a contract running until June 2025, any potential suitor won’t be expecting to pay any more and there’s a belief he’s already told Wolfsburg he won’t renew. The economic aspect is crucial, and Liverpool is known for its prudent financial approach in recent years. This could be the swaying factor if Klopp does sanction a move for the player. it doesn’t feel likely, but it shouldn’t be ignored.