Liverpool Are “Showing Serious Interest” In France U21 International As They Identify Andre Alternative

Liverpool are weighing up a move for Red Bull Salzburg holding midfielder Lucas Gourna-Douath, according to journalist Francois Plateau.

The reporter claims that the Reds are “showing serious interest” in the France Under 21 international ahead of the January transfer window:

Salzburg broke Austria’s transfer record in order to sign Gourna-Douath from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2022, paying €15m for the player.

The 20-year-old has gone on to make 48 appearances in all competitions for Salzburg, including nine Champions League matches.

Gourna-Douath is being pursued by Premier League rivals

It was reported in the English media earlier this week that the Frenchman is also being scouted by Arsenal and Tottenham, with scouts from the two North London clubs said to be at Salzburg’s game versus WSG Tirol last weekend.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have reportedly been keeping an eye on Gourna-Douath’s progress as well, so Liverpool will have fierce competition for the midfielder’s services.

Liverpool may have decided to cool their interest in Andre

If Plateau’s information is accurate about Gourna-Douath, it may mean that Jurgen Klopp’s side have opted against reviving their pursuit of Fluminense’s Andre Trindade.

The Reds made enquiries for the Brazilian international during the summer transfer window, and there was an expectation that they would go back in for the player in the New Year. However, it has recently been claimed that they have cooled their interest, and the links to Gourna-Douath may confirm those reports considering both are defensive midfielders.

Andre could, though, still end up in the Premier League, with Fulham said to be leading the race for the 22-year-old’s signature at the moment.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.