Earlier this week, the somewhat dubious Emanuele Giulianelli declared on The Sport Review that Liverpool had tabled a £14.9million transfer bid for Lyon defender Emanuel Mammana.
The French outfit signed the three-cap Argentina international from River Plate last summer and although he wasn’t exactly a guaranteed starter last season – in part due to injury problems that saw him miss significant chunks of the campaign – the 21-year-old did go onto make 16 appearances in Ligue 1.
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And as you can see from our infographic, Mammana hugely impressed during those outings, not only consistently showing his defensive resolve but also his quality in possession, bringing the ball out of the back with seven dribbles and completing 91% of his passes.
Liverpool are in need of new defensive options this summer and the South American – who Transfermarkt value at £5.95million – seems like a promising addition. But his lack of experience in European football will inevitably be a concern for a top-end Premier League club.
With that in mind, we asked Reds fans whether their club should sign Mammana this summer or pursue another centre-back and according to our poll, a whopping 85% of Liverpool supporters think he’s the man Jurgen Klopp needs.
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