Philippe Montanier has expressed his desire to keep Paul-Georges Ntep at Rennes
Liverpool's 6-1 defeat to Stoke on the final day of the season was a bitter pill to swallow for Reds fans. Also, for Brendan Rodgers, it will likely spark a flurry of transfer moves this summer. One name that may resurface is Stade Rennais winger Paul-Georges Ntep.
L'Equipe had recently suggested that the French winger had paid two visits to the Melwood training ground - which were later rejected by the player and the club, but there is no smoke without fire.
After being selected by France national team coach Didier Deschamps, Ntep's stock is only going to grow, but Rennes coach Philippe Montanier hopes the 22-year-old will remain at the club for next season.
"We want him to stay. Inevitably, our good players are to be kept. He has no inclination to leave at any price either, but this is modern football, we know what can also happen" said the Breton coach at a press conference quoted by Maxifoot on Monday.
In one sweeping move, Montanier has tried to end the speculation regarding Ntep's future, but has also covered his back if a large bid were to come in this summer.
If Liverpool are serious about their interest in the pacey left-winger, they will need to convince Rennes with a significant bid. In the current market, the Ligue 1 club will struggle to stay no to anything over €12 million.
The ball is in Brendan Rodgers' court.