Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Roland Virkus has acknowledged that Kouadio Kone will be sold in a future transfer window.
The 21-year-old has been linked with Liverpool and Newcastle, and asked whether Kone is on the market, Virkus replied:
“I’d be lying if I said we would never sell him. There have already been inquiries for Manu. But we don’t have to sell him yet. Above all: we don’t want to sell him yet. When exactly that will change is unclear at this point. 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 is a very promising young midfielder, having made his debut for France’s Under 21s back in the summer, and his performances for Gladbach in the coming months will undoubtedly be watched by scouts.
Liverpool are keen to strengthen their options in the middle of the park, especially as the likes of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milners have contracts that expire at the end of the season.
Kone is a dynamic, young and athletic player and he would certainly fit the profile that the Reds usually go after. Whether the Frenchman is one of Julian Ward’s top targets, though, it isn’t known, but his situation is certainly one to keep an eye on.