Those famous ‘Sky sources’ have claimed that the club have lined up a trio of midfielders for a potential transfer this summer.
With Georges-Kevin N’Koudou expected to sign from Marseille in the next few days, Sky report that attention will then be turned to signing a central midfielder.
Interestingly they claim that the club are open as to whether that midfielder is a ‘number 8′ – ready to challenge Moussa Dembele – or a ’10’ to play behind a striker.
The names mentioned are the Mainz midfielder Yunus Malli, Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric, or Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans.
All would fit into the mould of players normally targeted by the club. The 24-year old attacking midfielder Malli is available at a bargain price of €10m, while Coric and Tielemans are both 19 and play for clubs outside of Europe’s elite leagues.
It is Tielemans who looks the more likely player to be able to play deeper, while either Malli or Coric would be expected to join the ranks of attacking midfielders.