Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa followed his second relegation with Fulham by securing a transfer to Napoli, but Walter Sabatini cannot believe Liverpool did not sign the midfielder.
Anguissa has thrived since leaving England for Italy and has become a vital presence in the Azzurri unit. Luciano Spalletti has started the 25-year-old in all seven available Serie A fixtures since completing a Deadline Day loan, including a €15m (£12.5m) option to buy.
The Cameroon international has delivered consistently impressive showings for the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium side, as well. Delighting Spalletti and Cristiano Giuntoli, Napoli’s Sporting Director, with his exceptional impact, strength and intelligence on and off the field.
Anguissa’s performances with Napoli have left Sabatini in shock that no Premier League side, including Liverpool, secured his transfer instead. The former Lazio Sporting Director firmly believes the 29-cap enforcer is good enough for any of England’s title-chasing clubs.
“Anguissa’s shot was fantastic,” Sabatini told CalcioNapoli24. “I don’t understand how [anyone in] the Premier League didn’t notice [his ability]. I am amazed that the two Manchester teams, Chelsea and Liverpool did not arrive on a Fulham player.”
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Anguissa made 36 appearances in the Premier League last term, but could not stop Fulham falling back into the Championship. He also made 22 outings in the English top-flight for the Cottagers in 2018/19 as they were relegated, following a £30m move from Marseille.
Some Premier League clubs did explore poaching the midfielder from Craven Cottage after his latest relegation in west London. The Daily Mail noted Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton wanted him in May, but Fulham demanded £20m at the time.
Liverpool, meanwhile, enjoyed a quiet transfer window – especially in midfield – as Jurgen Klopp was happy with his options, despite losing Georginio Wijnaldum, suggesting why the Reds did not try to beat Napoli to a transfer for Anguissa, despite Sabatini’s surprise.