Liverpool Show Interest In Signing Jonathan Ikone

According to reports there is genuine interest in signing the French forward
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Liverpool could follow up the signing of Ibrahima Konate with one or two more new additions to their squad. There are several members of the Reds current squad that look set to depart this summer and they will be hoping to make new signings in their place. 

One man who looks likely to leave Anfield is Divock Origi, signaling Liverpool possibly eyeing a replacement for the Belgian striker.

Recent tweets from Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida indicated Liverpool were putting a deal in place to sign Jonathan Ikone from Ligue 1 champions Lille worth €25M plus the swap deal of Reds midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. 

Although this report appeared to be false, it now seems Liverpool do have genuine interest in Ikone.

According to Anfield Central Ikone is on Liverpool's wishlist this summer. The 23 year-old is fresh off winning the French league title with Lille as they dethroned Paris Saint-Germain who had won Ligue 1 for the last eight seasons in a row. Ikone had a combined total of 14 goals and assists last season for the French champions. 

Although not the most prolific attacker, Ikone is still a talented player with a lot of potential that could thrive under Jurgen Klopp. Lille rate their forward at around €40M, but Liverpool will be hoping they can strike a deal for a smaller fee or a fee paid over an extended period. 

Anfield Central have also reported that Liverpool will hold meetings with the agent of Jonathan Ikone this week to discuss the possibility of making a deal for the France U21's forward. 

As always, fans will be hoping for deals for players such as Jadon Sancho to materialise. Given the financial implications of Covid 19, a deal for Ikone would be more realistic for Liverpool this summer. 

There is still the possibility that Liverpool could include Shaqiri in a possible deal for Ikone as the Swiss midfielders agent is currently working on getting his client a move out of Anfield this summer.