Liverpool have entered the race to sign French full-back Samuel Umtiti from Lyon, according to Daily Star.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will have to fight to seal his move as reports have already linked the 21-year-old to several of top Premier League sides including Arsenal and Manchester City.
Samuel Umtiti is a versatile player, he can play on variety of positions including left-back and center-back.
Despite of singing Dejan Lovren from Southampton last summer Liverpool failed to solve defensive issues. Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho who performed very well together in the recent season will once again partnership next term. Despite of it boss is still eyeing to make the defensive side more strong as last season Sakho suffered injuries and Lovren and Toure failed to maintain the defensive form.
Kolo Toure was awarded with a contract extension last month but he will remain a backup player, will be used only in case of emergency.
Umtiti is a young and solid defender who can add depth to Liverpool’s squad. The player has the potential to become one of the finest defender in the future if the club develop him in a right way.
The Frenchman has a £11million value and it would not be difficult for the Reds to splash such amount but also it will not be that easy to seal his move as Man City and Arsenal are in the race.
Columnist: Simon Oates