Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Roland Virkus has admitted that he could sell reported Liverpool target Kouadio ‘Manu’ Kone.
Speaking to Sport Bild via bulinews.com, Virkus shared that he had already received offers for the 21-year-old.
“I’d be lying if I said we would never sell him [Kone]. There have already been inquiries for Manu,” he said. “But we don’t have to sell him yet. Above all: we don’t want to sell him yet. The boy must want to take his next step to a club that is significantly bigger than Gladbach. And we also have to be satisfied.”
Kone had come into the picture for Liverpool at the end of the summer transfer window. Should the Reds maintain their interest in the future, it sounds like a deal could be had.
Liverpool keeping tabs on Kone
As Liverpool hunt for the right options to refresh their midfield, Kone could present an interesting choice.
The young Frenchman has become a key player at Gladbach since arriving in summer 2021. Still only twenty-one, he’s got the potential to be a really top player.
Liverpool’s interest has so far been tentative. But in the closing days of the transfer window, his name was suggested as a possible target by journalist Melissa Reddy for Sky Sports.
French outlet Media Foot also claimed that Liverpool were looking into Kone. At the end of August, they reported that the Reds would take their interest further ‘in the coming months.’
Kone has started all seven Bundesliga games for Gladbach so far this season. If he can keep on catching the eye, then perhaps he could be one to look out for in January.
With Media Foot also citing Newcastle United as a potential destination, Liverpool may have to move quickly to snap him up.
Virkus seems adamant here that Kone will only be moved on Gladbach’s terms. But should an offer from the Premier League come in soon, you’d have to assume that the France U21 star would be interesting.
Certainly one to keep an eye on over the next transfer window or two.