Liverpool ‘to replace Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi’ with versatile Algeria international unlikely to sign new La Liga side contract
- Liverpool reportedly monitoring situation with Aissa Mandi at Real Betis
- Reports in Spain say the Algerian will not sign a new contract with the club
- Jurgen Klopp’s side are in the defensive reinforcement market this summer
- Newcastle have also been linked with Mandi who could cost around £ 10million
Liverpool are said to be ready to look to La Liga to beef up their defensive ranks by expressing interest in Real Betis full-back Aissa Mandi.
Reports in Spain suggest the new Premier League champions are monitoring the situation for the 28-year-old Algeria international.
With the player entering the final year of his contract, it would be a “miracle” if Mandi agrees to stay with Betis, as Spanish media Estadio Deportivo report.
Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi reportedly watched by champions Liverpool
Now Liverpool’s famed recruiting department has reportedly been put on alert, sensing that a cut-price deal could be made.
Mandi could be available for as little as £ 10million as Betis seek to raise funds following the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the disruption it has caused.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements this summer, as they seek experienced cover for full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 28-year-old, seen challenging Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, has one year left on his contract
Mandi’s versatility is seen as an attractive proposition for the Reds, who also value cover in the center of defense.
The Merseyside club are set to lose Dejan Lovren this summer as the Croatian is in the process of finalizing his £ 10.9million move to Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are also reportedly monitoring the availability of Mandi, who has worked at Betis since 2016.
The 28-year-old has 29 La Liga appearances to his name this season, as well as one Copa Del Rey outing.
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In February, Mandi took on the role of Betis center-back and captained the club in a five-goal thriller against Barcelona.
Betis took the lead twice in the game, although a late rally from Barca and a header from Clement Lenglet saw the Catalan giants steal a 3-2 victory.
Betis have struggled this season and finished 15th in the Spanish top flight, with 41 points from 38 games played.