Liverpool’s search for a new left-back could lead to a bid for Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam, with their pool of possible targets increasing.
With further interest from AC Milan, Inter Milan, Sevilla and two Premier League sides, Liverpool should secure a deal that matches their £15 million valuation before September.
And it could well be that they return for the Naples club’s current first-choice left-back, Algeria international Ghoulam.
The Mail claim that Ghoulam had already been “discussed” as a possible target by Klopp and his backroom staff, but talks with the Serie A side have revived their interest.
Ghoulam currently has one year left on his contract at Stadio San Paolo, which could provide Liverpool with an opening.
It is unlikely that a straight swap deal will be negotiated due to the complications involved, but Moreno moving to Napoli could certainly prompt Ghoulam to move in the other direction.
The 26-year-old is tentatively rumoured to be available for around £17 million, which would be a minor outlay if Liverpool sold Moreno.
Energetic, powerful and quick along the ground, Ghoulam is hitting his prime as a top-flight left-back, but there remain concerns over his defensive quality.
He has a strong work rate and his fitness levels allow him to surge forward and track back consistently, but he is not the most focused, possessing shades of Moreno’s game.
Klopp requires his full-backs to be comfortable in possession, and Ghoulam certainly is, but he’d arguably present familiar problems at the back.
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