A recent injury to tenacious Brazilian Lucas Leiva has highlighted a significant gap in Liverpool’s squad depth. One man who could fill that void is Lyon defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons; often billed as a transfer target for the European elite.
The 24 year-old is arguably the most consistent anchor man in Ligue 1, this season averaging 3.2 successful aerial duels, 3.5 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per match, with a pass completion ratio of 88%. He’s also been particularly impressive in this year’s Europa League tournament, with Whoscored.com awarding him an average rating of 7.66 on the continent.
The 6 foot 2 midfielder’s contract isn’t due to expire until 2016. But quickly outgrowing his surroundings at Stade de Gerland, Gonalons was set to depart for Napoli in a €17million deal during the January window.
Currently serving as Les Gones captain however, the Frenchman’s move was blocked. But come the end of the season, he’ll undoubtedly be keen to move on.
If Liverpool can match Napoli’s offer in the summer, which equates to around £14million, they could snatch Gonalons from under the nose of former Reds boss Rafa Benitez.