West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini is being linked with a move away.
West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini returned from a major injury this year, and he’s already being linked with a move away from the London Stadium.
The Mirror report that Turkish giants Fenerbahce want to sign Lanzini, leaving West Ham to try and sort out a new long-term contract for the Argentine.
Lanzini’s current deal has just one year left to run, and whilst West Ham can activate a two-year option on the deal, they’re scrambling to get him tied down for even longer, with his future a little uncertain.
That may well interest Liverpool, as the Liverpool Echo noted last summer that the Reds had eyed up Lanzini as an alternative to Nabil Fekir, before Lanzini suffered a major injury.
Lanzini is back now, registering one goal and one assist in 10 games after his return, and his situation should put him back on the Liverpool radar.
Liverpool fans may be looking for a bigger name than Lanzini, but adding a proven Premier League player to provide some creativity without the expectation to start every game ticks the boxes.
The Reds have a number of midfielders already in Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, but one more player with the creative ability of the departed Philippe Coutinho should be a priority for Klopp.
Lanzini can be that extra option Xherdan Shaqiri was supposed to be, provide guile and flair from central areas in games where Liverpool need to break down deep defences, with none of their current options fitting that bill.
Liverpool may feel that they can get a better deal for Lanzini now than if they’d moved last summer, and Klopp’s men should certainly keep tabs on the situation.