Liverpool and Juventus are set to do battle for the signature of Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko, according to ESPN.
The Reds have been continuously linked with the midfielder throughout the summer, who is eager to play Premier League football again next term. However, manager Jurgen Klopp faces competition from Juventus in the hunt for Sissoko.
The Italians see the powerful player as an able replacement for the reportedly Manchester United-bound Paul Pogba. And the two footballing giants may have to pay big bucks to land Sissoko, who is said to be priced at around £25m.
Sissoko has made it known that he does not wish to compete with the Magpies in the Championship following their relegation at the end of last season.
Despite the Tyneside club’s reluctance to let Sissoko leave, they are resigned to the former Toulouse star departing St. James’ Park.
The 26-year-old put in a dominating performance during the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal, but official bids for his services are yet to materialise.
Klopp has been busy putting his own stamp on his Liverpool first-team squad in the off season, and has already acquired the likes of Sadio Mane and Joel Matip to bolster his options across the park.
The German’s pursuit of a new midfielder, though, has been troublesome, with main target Piotr Zielinski so far eluding him.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss may now look elsewhere for reinforcements, with Sissoko one of his prime candidates. Juventus, meanwhile, look set to lose Pogba to former club United in a £105m deal.
The Turin-based outfit have already landed defenders Dani Alves and Mehdi Benatia, as well as centre midfield options in Miralem Pjanic and Mario Lemina.
However, head coach Massimiliano Allegri is still keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. And the Italian sees Sissoko as filling the void left by compatriot Pogba, if the 23-year-old departs for Old Trafford.