£13m Liverpool 'target' speaks: 'Interesting' to leave at the end of the season

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Liverpool linked Mathieu Valbuena is open to a summer transfer away from Marseille.

The Mirror last week linked Marseille playmaker Mathieu Valbuena with a transfer to Liverpool.

The attacking midfielder, also capable of playing out on the left wing, has been at Marseille since 2006 but has just admitted he is keen to explore his options.

Speaking with French broadcaster Telefoot, he said at the weekend: 

"A departure? To discover something else next season could be interesting.

"My goal is to make a great second half of the season in the club and make a great World Cup.

"It's been 8 years since I am here at l'OM. I've never hidden that an experience abroad tempts me. We'll see..."

Working against a transfer is the fact Valbuena will be 30 in September, and Liverpool typically tend to chase players younger than 25.

Valbuena's statistics this season of one goal and three assists are so far behind track of his last season of five goals and 13 assists, when really any potential suitor would prefer to see him kicking on.

Despite the reports, and Valbuena's availability in the summer - due to his age it's hard to see him becoming a viable option for Liverpool - but that may depend on their final position this season.

Should they clinch a top four place, they can certainly afford to be far more ambitious in their transfer targets. If they miss out once again, they may have to be a bit less picky.

Valbuena is a player with 26 international caps and five goals, and featured for France in the World Cup play-offs.

A stop-gap January deal may be conceivable but Valbuena is touting for a summer move instead. If Liverpool is his preferred choice he may well be unsuccessful. If they want him though, they could probably get him.

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