Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou has indicated that he would jump at the chance to move to Liverpool.
Chedjou has confirmed that he is looking to leave Lille and move onto a new adventure, suggesting that Liverpool could be the perfect club for him.
Chedjou represents the defensive cover which Brendan Rodgers could be looking for this summer to inject some much needed experience into a youthful defence following the retirement of Jamie Carragher.
“Nothing is done with any club. Yes, I want to move from Lille and get another experience of my life. Liverpool could be great - an enormous club with fantastic fans and the Kop to add,” said the Cameroonian.
Chedjou is 27-years-old so he’s at the upper limit in terms of age when it comes to new players that Rodgers will be looking to bring into the club this summer.
He has tremendous experience with Lille having played just under 200 games for the club since 2007 and he’s also experienced life in the Champions League with the club, which gives him an extra edge.
His comments suggest that if Liverpool could get a fee agreed with Lille this summer, the deal could go through quickly and become one of the easiest transfers the club has ever secured.
However, that is easier said than done because Chedjou remains an important member of the Lille back four and he has another three-years left to run on his contract.
The value Liverpool are looking for in potential signings has been well stressed due to their changing financial position, but the fact he’s a defender could make him affordable to the club.
He doesn’t appear to hold much marketing value to Lille which means despite the length of his contract, Liverpool could argue for a fee close to his market value of around £10 million.
That is certainly something that the club could stretch to and alongside Kolo Toure as a free agent, that would represent a solid piece of summer business to quickly add cover to the defence of the squad.
What Liverpool don’t need is for Newcastle United to come into the bidding process, but their recent history of paying cheap fees for players from France suggests they will be equally determined to ensure a bidding war doesn’t develop.
Liverpool also have an advantage over Newcastle in the respect of their league position this season and the fact they have a very good chance of hitting the top four next year.
Chedjou could find the chance to work with the younger defenders at the club very appealing and if it comes down to Liverpool against Newcastle, he’s made it clear he’ll pick Anfield every time.
Would Chedjou be a good fit for the Liverpool defence?
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