Liverpool have been named as one of the clubs interested in signing Real Betis’ Aïssa Mandi.
On March 1st, we covered claims made by La Razón that explained the Reds ‘want to take advantage’ of the defender’s contract situation, given his deal expires at the end of this season.
Apart from the Merseyside club, Inter Milan and AC Milan are also credited with an interest in the Algeria international. The three clubs wanting Mandi was backed by Fennec Football earlier this week.
Despite the interest from the two Serie A sides, Le Buteur stated on Wednesday the Premier League is the centre-back’s ‘preferred’ option.
Estadio Deportivo have covered the former Rennes man’s situation at the Spanish club.
It’s claimed the 29-year-old is demanding an annual salary of €2m net and a medium or long-term contract that has an ‘ambitious European project’. Therefore, he has rejected ‘numerous proposals’, most likely from Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
His recent performances for Betis and the possibility of taking him on a free transfer have ‘awakened important clubs’, but they were left ‘without any success’ in their efforts to convince the player.
ED looks into the reports of Liverpool’s interest, who have been sounded out as a suitor for Mandi in the past few windows and for the next market.
According to the newspaper, both Jürgen Klopp’s side and Mandi’s environment have ‘denied the interest’ from Liverpool.
The AFCON winner is expected to take a final decision on his future in April, and with the claims of Liverpool’s interest dismissed, it should give encouragement to Betis [to retain him] and other clubs in the transfer chase.